Model Duckie Thot is an Aussie export that is currently killin’ it rn in the US and was a previous Australia’s Next Top Model contestant *cough – rightful winner of cycle 8 – cough*. In an Instagram post that’s garnered over 18 thousand likes, Thot has spoken out about her unequal treatment on the reality show by the series’ stylists.
The South-Sudanese model was referring to the consistent trouble she has had in the past wearing her natural hair on shoots. She recalled her experiences on ANTM, with stylists that were not prepared to style her afro-textured hair, forcing the model to do her own hair for a weekly shoot. As the model revealed:
“I’ve never really had a good experience with my natural hair and modelling in Australia before. I remember on top model on one of the episodes I had to cornrow my own hair. I was extremely upset and embarrassed that they “didn’t know how” to cornrow my natural hair when at the end of the day that’s their job.
“I sat in front of the mirror silently crying before my shoot doing my own hair, cameras rolling while all the other girls had hairstylists, shit scared I was going to get eliminated because a few “hairstylists” didn’t know how to do their job,” she posted.
This is a far from the first time a black model has had to call out a stylist or make up artist for being ill-prepared or unfamiliar with working with the skin tones and hair types of women of colour. From not bringing darker shades of foundation, to being unprepared to work with weaves and cornrows.
The young model is among a whole host of black models that are fed up with not being treated equally to the dominate Caucasian aesthetic in the industry.
Hopefully Thot’s confession will do some good. Her post has already been getting major props online, and the model was recently featured in Teen Vogue.