I realize this email is long, but please read the whole thing when you have a moment. It's important for you to know that the practice of discrimination based on skin tone and excess melanin in one's skin is alive and well in the music industry. In order to put a stop to this divisive practice, we must expose it and make everyone aware that it is an ongoing problem.
First let me start by stating I love your blog and how you always show love to the chocolate girls out here! My name is Candy and I am the Assistant to Lashawnna Stanley founder and CEO of Ethnicity Models and Talent Agency. I'm sending you this email in regards to your post about the HOT new video by Flo-rida"suga." You made a comment stating "Is it just me or has the standard for video vixens been upgraded considerably". The lead model in the video is named Natasha Majors and she is an Ethnicity Model. For the last ten years LaShawnna Stanley has fought to clean up the image of the video modeling industry. Ethnicity Models is about upsetting the standards when it comes to the urban market. We stress to the girls to love them self first, be professional and not selling their soul just to be in a video. Any case below is what REALLLLY happen on today's set, and how LaShawnna had to go through a bunch of drama just to get a brown girl in the video. The note below is a personal note that LaShawnna jotted while at the video.
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Source: Note from LaShawnna Stanley's personal Facebook page.
All I can say is Tupac "keep ur head up" if ur not familiar with the song youtube it. Why do we hate our women? Oh so here we go... I was called last mintue to cast a flo rida video, after a week of trying to cast the video in miami without using ethnicity, they had no choice but to call. Although reluctant because I am sick and tired of being sick and tired, I went ahead and accepted. They only need one lead girl to play the love interest, how hard can it be! So after only seeing 6 girls #7 was it- Flo saw the girl he wanted to play his lead.... Natasha! Yall might know her from my fun w/friends photos as "ghetto tasha". They didn't even want to see anymore girls once they saw her, she 5'10, brown, 36d,26,38 all natural with a face like naomi campbell. The look of intimidation that set in on the video commissioner and another women from the label set in as soon as natasha entered the room in her white bikini- no stretch marks or cellulite, no implants or excessive makeup. Just a naturally beautiful BLACK woman. I could tell from the look on their faces there was going to be some drama.....
Ok so natasha is booked, call time is 6am, she arrives, only to be told oh we don't need you we booked somebody else, a light skin latin girl with long hair, the typical look they've been pushing on us in the video world lately-because they think its the look that the consumer fantasises over.Don't get me wrong I think those women are beautiful too but we can't keep displaying one standard of beauty. All women all colors, shapes and sizes are beautiful....
Ok it doesn't end there, now anybody that knows me knows I'm a gangsta from kansas city, you can't just tell me anything. So I wait patiently for Flo and his manager to arrive to tell them what happened. They are pissed! They are some good ole carol city miami "real hood fella's" they wanted ghetto tasha! What happened? So the producer and the video commissioner came up with the excuse oh we thought she couldn't get her hair wet so we booked somebody else. Huh? Thank god for blackberry and emails, I have mail in my phone confirming that natasha was ok with getting her hair wet. Its a damn shame that they would go to that extreme to not show a BLACK girl as a beauty object but quick to book them if its a part for a stripper or a whore....so in every case it's NOT the artist that are brainwashed its the powers at be forcing the images on us that they want to represent beauty.
Now you know why the call me "the model mafia"! Natasha is the lead, case closed! Stay tuned and look out for the "sugar" video its gonna be hott! Now let's hope they don't try to wash her out in the edit and try to make her complexion look lighter than it really is.....
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