So first a disclaimer; it is impossible to tell from looking at a person whether they are multiracial. Black genetics in particular produce a wide range of skin tones and hair textures. However, after Kanye West issued a controversial ‘multiracial women only’ casting call for his Season 4 Yeezy fashion show, many women with features that commonly occur in black people (tightly curled hair, dark skin, full lips and broad noses) showed up.
Was this a form of protest? Or did they just really want to be cast in a Kanye West fashion show?
For some black women, their presence WAS a protest. Standing topless by the line, one woman held a sign that said, ” “Multiracial Only” = Light Skin Only… You ain’t slick Ye”
Today at the Yeezy Season 4 casting pic.twitter.com/jVu2FdFwNc
— Styled Fashion (@highfashionxx) September 5, 2016
Nigerian journalist Ivie Okechukwu-Ani went to the casting as an ‘experiment’ to determine how Kanye’s team was defining multiraciality. After speaking with other women in line, she discovered that there was general confusion about what it meant, since more concrete stipulations like skin color, hair texture and eye color were not included.
Yeezy Season 4 casting call investigation, part 1. Snapchat @ ivieaye pic.twitter.com/rmeAzv3Fe5
— Ivie Okechukwu Ani (@ivieani) September 4, 2016
Part 5 pic.twitter.com/N6XSBsHjnz
— Ivie Okechukwu Ani (@ivieani) September 5, 2016
But some women had their own ideas of what it meant…
Whether black women attended the casting in active protest, or to be selected their presence begs the question… why should they be excluded? Their beauty, existing in a sea of multiraciality, is just as striking.
Women’s Wear Daily captured images of the many women who attended the casting. Check it out.
See the full gallery of women who came out for the casting here.