09 Jun

While reading Generation E.A.: Ethnically Ambiguous, I had relatively mixed feelings. On one hand, it’s great that people are celebrating different forms of beauty! On the other hand, this celebration seems shallow. These mixed-race models are talked about like objects, as the hot new thing in modeling. They come in and out of style like any other trend in the fashion world.

(Image: This came up when I searched mixed-race models. I guess they are? But look how white they look!)

Additionally, the celebration specifically of mixed-race models as opposed to all racial groups is problematic. Using mixed race models can be seen as a way to include the perceived positives of exoticized beauty, without also having the perceived negatives of actually having the models be too other.

I think I’m going to choose to be optimistic and say that maybe this surge in ambiguously-raced models is not a comprehensive acceptance/celebration of non-white beauty, but hopefully it’s at least a step forward.

Glorified Mannequins: The Objectification and Problematic Exoticization of Mixed-Race Models

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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


One response to “Glorified Mannequins: The Objectification and Problematic Exoticization of Mixed-Race Models

  1. yawen214

    June 9, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I think one of the important issue here is to know who is the gazer. The group of people who got the voice to determine what is beauty is crucial in the system of beauty. Whether exposing mixed race people is exotic or not also depends on the audience.
    If mixed race people are still criticized or celebrated under the framework of non-mixed dominant group, then it is for sure exotic and problematic at the same time.


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