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[Pics] After Kanye West Held a Casting for ‘Multiracial Women’ Only, Black Women Showed up Anyway

Avatar • Sep 7, 2016

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.

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/772166483023687680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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”

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.

But some women had their own ideas of what it meant…

https://twitter.com/ladybreec/status/772541544201121793

https://twitter.com/benadryI/status/772780221921628161

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.

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See the full gallery of women who came out for the casting here.

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[…] West since he first burst on the scene. Hundreds of Black women even turned up at the casting call to protest the perceived […]

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[…] typical “non-fashion” fashion. Let’s not forget the uproar that happened as a result of his casting call asking for “multiracial women.” However, it’s impossible to ignore the inclusion that was displayed at the show, which Kanye […]

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[…] *When Kanye West tweeted out a casting call on September 3, calling for makeup-free, “multiracial women only,” he was probably expecting the backlash to come quick — and it did. Twitter, blogs, and fans accused Mrs. Kardashian of colorism and racial fetishism for wanting to showcase mixed chicks in his show. Black girls responded to the casting call by showing up anyway. […]

ATT
ATT
4 years ago

REALLY?! Ok, I get it. People hate Kanye and that’s fine. But how do you see the word multiracial and think black women are excluded from that? Multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural is used in place of “women of color” when people want to be PC and not say “no white women.” If you haven’t seen his shows in the past, please do your research and get familiar. Every color of the damn rainbow strut his runways. He has the most diverse castings in all of NYFW, and black women are in abundance. That girl protesting with no shirt is extra… Read more »

OND
OND
4 years ago

Never been a fan of Kanye anyhow. Rather stupid request knowing the drama women the same color as his Mother go through to find work on runways.

A.P. Millz-CT
A.P. Millz-CT
4 years ago

LOL! I love it!!! Yasssssssss.…

Juanita Houston
Juanita Houston
4 years ago

I find it interesting that Kanye did this. Not sure how often casting calls describing the “type” of model/actor is wanted gets out to the public but I’m sure he knew it would get out and become news. When we hear multiracial, most of us picture someone who looks like Alicia Keys, Tia and Tamera for example but as our view of the world has expanded due to the Internet and sites like BGLH we have to stop and think, like the article stated. Why does this image automatically mean multiracial? What if Kanye had that in mind? I think… Read more »

Bea
Bea
4 years ago

1. I wouldn’t assume that multiracial specification was to exclude only black girls or even include only those mixed with black.
2. Perhaps his own multiracial children inspired his ‘artistic vision’.
3. He shouldn’t have tweeted it.

keiana burch
keiana burch
4 years ago
Reply to  Bea

Well put that was the exactly thought I had. Americans live in a world of two and a half races, even though race itself is a socially construct view of people. Be told I’m not sure what is black and what is white. I don’t think Kim K West would considered white.

Elodie
Elodie
4 years ago

But they will support his music anyway.…

Felicity Muffin
Felicity Muffin
4 years ago

I just got overwhelmed with all the beautiful melanin and faces

Alfonso Jaramillo Gómez
Alfonso Jaramillo Gómez
4 years ago

I can see white women in almost all the photos

Rosa Chykur
Rosa Chykur
4 years ago

But yet black women will still support this colorist!

Mahogany
Mahogany
4 years ago

Block women need to stop going where they are just tolerated. We are enough just the way we are. We don’t need Kanye or anyone to validate or define our beauty.

Emie
Emie
4 years ago

I’m sorry, but I would not have shown up. If he wanted some other fantasy race then let him have it. And showing up topless proved nothing. How many times is he going to crap all over black women before they take a hint. Stop supporting the moron

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

Beautiful! All ranges of color! Simply beautiful!

Courtney Banks
Courtney Banks
4 years ago

Let’s not play dumb, in the world of black men “multi-racial” like the girls chest is code for black features on a light skin, ambiguous girl„ his version of “thick” is just skinny women with big butts and boobs, loose curls only..
And you have to be the right kind of mixed, e.g. mixed with white or spanish.. Think the Westbrooks„ you have to look black but not toooo black..

Gracie1,000,000
Gracie1,000,000
4 years ago

Oh my G, how beautiful they all are with no makeup!

Happypeople
Happypeople
4 years ago

I think the young lady,although very admirable, jumped into a protest without getting all the needed information. There were lots of gorgeous dark skin models with natural hair at the Yeezy show like there always have been in all of his shows. Kanye does not have a reputation of being exclusive of dark skinned people.It seems to me that he had a color theme and wanted different shades of black to wear the different colors. I hated the clothes and the entire showas usual but it was nice to see all those gorgeous women of color of different shades

Shelley Begley
Shelley Begley
4 years ago

So, what was he looking for?

Michelle Renee
Michelle Renee
4 years ago

It was his perogitive to ask for a certain look for his line…why the hooplah?

Carolina Sander
Carolina Sander
4 years ago

Its crazy sometimes how people misinterpret their stand. I feel their cry. By the way this is the new fake ultrasound design from fakeababy. It is very funny and amazing and best for your gags.

R R
R R
4 years ago

I CAN’T STAND Kanye West…

BUT IT’S HIS BUSINESS he can run it how ever he wants.

If he thinks you don’t look good enough or have the right look..He has no obligation to cast you. If he wanted only jet black girls with an afro (no one would be bitching), or if he wants only skinny white girls, or only Latinas…
IT’S HIS BUSINESS it’s his choice. And it is a business to make money. Get off his co@× and off your “I’m a Perpetual victim” LIBERAL high horse.

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