The real question: what is the greater struggle, maintaining her highlights or not being an insufferable ass?
For Victoria’s Secret model, Devon Windsor, 24, it’s a toss-up.
Windsor is one of the models featured in a new reality show about the fashion industry, Model Squad. The show is already stirring up controversy after just a handful of episodes, thanks to a couple of cavalier comments by Windsor. Her controversial statements were made as the models were filming an episode which will air on E! this weekend.
In a clip, several models of various visible minority backgrounds are discussing diversity and their difficulties that they face when there are demands for a particular standard of beauty in the modeling industry. One model says that some black girls would miss the shows in Milan because ‘they don’t want girls of that color.‘
Chinese-born model, Ping Hue, said to Windsor that the discussion must be really hard for a blonde supermodel to relate to.
Windsor disagreed. She then tells tales of her ‘hardships’ in the industry. She discusses how she ‘literally’ went through hell and ‘literally’ lived in like, a different country every other month, and like, couldn’t even speak the languages. She didn’t speak ‘Paris’ or Italian, but she did that for, like, two years.
Hue said to Windsor, ‘I don’t think that you can relate to the turmoils of being different.’
But Windsor already had an answer to that… it’s hard to be blonde.
The other models were dumbfounded because they had ‘literally’ found the dumb right there in front of them.
Victoria’s Secret star Devon Windsor, 24, compared the hardship of keeping up her highlights to the discrimination faced by women of colour in the fashion industry.
She made the comment after fellow model Shanina Shaik, whose mother is of Lithuanian descent and father is half Pakistani, half Arab, told how she had been bullied over her skin colour.
Source: Daily Mail
Windsor said, ‘You know how hard it is to be blonde? I have to get a highlight every month! Do you know how expensive that is?’
Well, that was a completely tone-deaf moment.
Hue responded, ‘Oh my God, small violin.’
Way to perpetuate that stereotype about blondes being dumb, Devon.
After social media exploded with condemnation, Windsor apologized on Twitter issuing a statement that said:
‘I want to apologize for what I said. It goes without saying, that the comments on the show are incredibly insensitive. The majority of the conversation was edited and if a peer of mine wanted to discuss such a serious subject, I would never follow it with a joke. I have an immense amount of respect for my peers. I know the struggle of diversity and inclusion in my business as well as in so many others is not one to take lightly. I made a comment in jest to infuse levity and I feel terrible that I have hurt others. I’m even more disappointed that my comments could lead anyont to belive that I have a prejudicial bias. I respect, honor and admire all of those breaking barriers and working to forge a new and inclusive community both in and outside of the modeling industry. I hope that I can continue to learn from hters, I am always trying to be a better version of myself!’
Windsor now claims that her statement was a poorly timed joke while simultaneously saying that she would never joke in that situation.
Maybe it’s all those chemicals used in her monthly highlights that are causing her to be so incredibly insensitive.
Nah, that just gives her an out.
Maybe she’s just one of those self-centered models that can’t see past her own reflection.
Not all models are that way, and perhaps as she matures, Windsor will realize that not everything is about her.
Let’s hope that this embarrassing moment was a wake-up call.
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