Tuesday, October 10, 2017
She's the Australian model who called out the industry for what it is; racist. Nyadak Thot, or Duckie as she prefers, is a model of South-Sudanese heritage ultimately placed third in the eighth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model. But the 21-year-old didn't see her career take off until after moving to New York. You might have seen her on the runway at Yeezy Season 4, Jeremy Scott, closing the Naeem Khan Spring 2017 or walking in the Fenty x Puma show in Paris. But believe it or not, she was struggling to get work and also had the nasty experience of having to cornrow her own hair at Top Model due to the inept ability of hair stylists on set. Since speaking out about her experience in an Instagram post, Thot's rawness and honesty has attracted over 17,000 likes and 1,600 comments. That attention doesn't make up for her experiences, and those of other black models working within the industry but what is certain is that if she's managed to achieve so much within the space of a year, she has a bright future ahead of her.
As much as I do love Australia, there comes a time when we as consumers must demand more from advertisers and companies that representation matters, and accept partial blame for the white-washing that goes on within our society. How many more black models will have their careers brought to its knees, or worse, find themselves forced out of the industry before they can even develop and grow? And how many more top models will Australia lose overseas because we're ten years behind our contemporaries in terms of demanding diversity within advertising?