Black Girl Magic- In The Fashion Industry

CALVIN KLEIN MODEL, EBONEE DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HOW THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS A MIRROR TO OUR SOCIETY

After Alton Sterling was murdered by police last summer, Ebonee Davis wrote a letter to the fashion industry highlighting the duty fashion media has to help change the perception of black people. In her impassioned talk, she further explores this idea as she recalls her experiences as a black model in the industry.

She emphasizes that the fashion industry does not only reflect and beauty standards, its a reflection of the current state of our democracy. As creators of media, the industry must work to reinstate the humanity of the systematically dehumanized and create a society where everyone can take pride in who they are and where they come from.

After being discovered at the age of 18, Ebonee Davis left Seattle for New York City to pursue her modeling dream. Throughout her fast-track career, she’s graced the pages of some of the most coveted publications in fashion, from Teen Vogue to Sports Illustrated. Davis was one of six finalists in the Sports Illustrated Model Search and she appeared in two of Calvin Klein’s new campaigns. She explains psychological warfare waged against black children dealing with the “good hair” prejudice in the black community.

About Ebonee Davis

Model and activist who first captured the spotlight as a contestant on the 18th cycle of America's Next Top Model, where she finished in the Top 5. She has since achieved great success in the industry, appearing in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue and working with renowned photographers like David Bellemere. She started modeling in 2011 after responding to an open call at the Seattle Models Guild. She was signed on the spot and has had great encouragement and support from her mother.

Ebonee is the creator of Honey Bees, a reading camp for 5th grade inner-city girls. Follow her on Instagram @eboneedavis