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Model Deddeh Howard Recreates Famous Ads To Showcase Lack Of Diversity In Fashion

12/09/2016 04:54 EST | Updated 12/12/2016 02:19 EST

Instagram model Deddeh Howard is out to prove we all have a place in the fashion industry.

In an incredible photo series called "Black Mirror," the model, who was born in Liberia, recreates some of fashion's most iconic ads to address the lack of diversity in the fashion.


Howard "poses" beside top models like Kendall, Gigi and Gisele and says, "it's time for more diversity and models of all races being seen."


"Growing up in Africa, I knew nothing about Black and White, we're all equal, it was United we stand! At least that's what my parents thought me and that's what I believe in," the model wrote on Instagram.


"I believe we can be whoever we want to be, so don't let anyone tell you're not what you want to be. If they can do it! So can you. It's about time we stand up together ... Dream and Believe. I'm personally fighting for more diversity especially more black models to be seen on bill boards, movies, TV commercials, advertisements etc for us all. #blackmirror."


On her blog, The Secret of DD, Howard writes that she hopes her project can show the world that the opportunity to work in fashion should be accessible for everyone.

"Just like a Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss or Candice Swanepoel gets to travel the world, shoot the most amazing campaigns and live an exciting life to inspire young girls, let’s give the next generation something to believe in," she notes.

And Deddeh isn't the only model of colour to call out the fashion industry this year.

Victoria's Secret model Leomie Anderson got real with the modelling world for not providing enough makeup artists who are "competent with all races."

This led her to create a video called "Black Model Survival Kit," to help others "survive the black model mishaps that you come up against."


"As you may or may not know being a black model is just extra hard, there's extra work, there's extra things involved," the British model says in the video. "So I'm just going to give you my survival kit as to what I've used to save my life from hair and makeup and just black model life mishaps."

Now, more than ever, the fashion world needs to realize equal visibility of all races is needed in the industry.

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