An interesting article over at NY Mag states that advertisers and talent agencies are seeking little black girls for as models.
Madison Avenue is scrambling to adjust to a new era, when the most admired people in America are a black family. To reflect this reality, talent scouts are on the hunt for models who look like the Obama children, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10. “People are looking for girls who resemble them,” says Charlie Winfield, the head booker at FunnyFace Today.
Tali Lev, an agent with the Gilla Roos agency, keeps links to her “Sasha” and “Malia” model lists on her desktop for easy access. “Photographers even want them for their portfolios.” Marlene Wallach, president of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens, says the First Daughters are tough subjects to match. “It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.”
Two who do are Ariel Binns and Kylah Williams, whom Wallach booked as Sasha and Malia, respectively, in the September 2008 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which featured a faux Obama family (Tyra Banks played Michelle) SOURCE
I guess this is progress but what took so long? African Americans have only been in America since its inception. Crispus Attucks was the first casulaty of the American Revolution.
There is huge purchasing power in the African American community. It seemed always counter-intuitive to not have African American models, dolls, actresses. It's particulary interesting how Wallach describes the Obama girls as 'tough subjects to match.' Seriously?
Maybe a new generation of little brown girls will have an opportunity to see themselves in a positive light.
**I know the last picture is old but they look so cute here**