Although you’ll have seen these women pose for native manufacturers equivalent to Mountain & Moon, AMIA Clothing and eyebrow studio Bambii B, Perth fashions Shamaya Reynolds and Ivy Prempeh have skilled being shunned by the style business.
The pair, now of their early 20s, had been infants when a lot of society seen girls of color unfavourably however these two younger girls nonetheless know the ache of being turned away due to their unique appears to be like.
“Especially me being mixed, starting out it was kind of like, ‘you don’t fit in with white models and you don’t fit in with the black models, you’re just kind of there in the middle’, which I had actually been told before . . . I was kind of put off (modelling) . . . but there are a lot more opportunities to me now, which is like really amazing,” Prempeh, 21, advised AAA.
“My main goal in modelling is for other young people of colour and kids to have a role model . . . even if one kid sees me on a poster, and think, ‘I can do these things, I’m beautiful with my natural hair, I’m beautiful with my skin tones’, that’s what matters to me.”
Reynolds agreed the business had grow to be extra inclusive.
“I think there’s so much room for the Australian fashion industry to grow in terms of diversity inclusivity. I think there has been a lot of change in recent years, which is really inspiring and heartwarming to see but I also know how much the industry has to go as well,” Reynolds, 23, advised AAA.
The girls stated they discovered their dwelling and sense of belonging once they signed with Everi-Body modelling company.
Reynolds and Prempeh lately travelled over east alongside fellow mannequin Sarah Khin, who has since moved to the Eastern States, the place they noticed first-hand what number of alternatives can be found.
“It was so eye-opening. It really changed my whole perspective on how I see Perth and where I need to be . . . there’s so much more opportunity for us girls. We invested so much time and so much money into this trip, it really paid off,” Reynolds stated.
Reynolds revealed inside 48 hours of her being dwelling, she had already missed out on three jobs.
“I see things so much more clearly now. There is just so much more opportunity there for us. I’m definitely ready to make the move soon,” she stated.
Prempeh stated Perth was all the time dwelling however the east coast had a lot potential.
“I do think that it’s the best place for me to be workwise and I do really love it over there. We made a lot of friends, met people from the agency and it was really just a vibe,” she stated.
During their time on the east coast, Reynolds posed for Culture Kings, Ryderwear, Meshki, and Jagger & Stone whereas Prempeh did shoots for Universal Store, Culture Kings, Foot Locker, Jagger & Stone and Dickies.
“My dream client would be Fenty,” Prempeh stated.
Both girls have thought of transferring to the Eastern States within the close to future, including Perth was only a flight away.