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.