Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fewer words than usual Wednesday.

This photo is from the most recent Garnet Hill catalog. From what I can tell, Garnet Hill does a lot of business selling sweaters, coats and sweater coats to women in their 30's and 40's. And from this picture, you can see that they also sell Holiday pajamas for kids.

One time, I remember a black model saying that if there are ever three models in a shoot, one of them will be black. I can't remember if it was Tyra Banks or Iman or Beverly Johnson--but it was one of those ladies. But there is something that she didn't say that is also true. If there is a black model, she'll always be flanking the white model in the center.

I don't recall ever seeing a trio of models where the black person was in the center, being supported by two white people.

Now, I know there is someone out there reading this thinking, "What is the big deal? It doesn't matter--why are you being so sensitive, my blackfriend?"

I would say to this someone, " Someone, if it doesn't matter, why is it so consistently one way? If it was just something random, then 33.33333333333333% of the pictures like this would have the person of color in the middle. I've probably seen hundreds (thousands?) of images like this in my life, and they all seem to have this positioning in common. What do you think that's about?"

I'll end it here cause I'm not 'sposed to be typing as much. If you've got something to share, leave me a comment.


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  2. Anonymous7:59 AM

    There are no black models in Garnet Hill catalog. They may have fair color women of Indian origin and maybe another of Asian descent but rarely if I recall black models. Check for yourself.

  3. Its 2016 and I have yet to see a black model in a Garnett Hill or Sundance catalogue. I am a black physician over 50 years of age, and it's pretty clear they are not marketing to someone like me.