Monday, February 9, 2009

Model of the Moment: Diandra Forrest



One new model that is causing a lot of tongues to wag on message boards is Diandra Forrest. Discovered by Shameer Kahn who said of her:

It was a couple of months ago when I first met Diandra. She was walking down 34th street and I took one look at her and was like "Wow... That girl is beautiful!" She was moving soooo fast and I was not going to let this one slip by! So I finally caught up with her and spoke to her about modeling and she was very interested. We met up a lot of times after that and then I started to take pictures of her as often as we can. There was something specific that I wanted to do with her because I knew she was a special girl and we both worked towards achieving that. I finally presented her to agencies when she was ready to be revealed, and it was such a pleasure for me to finally share this precious diamond that I have been keeping under the radar. I am proud to say that Diandra is now signed to Elite.

There's a certain "ick" factor to what he says there, at least in my reading. I especially don't like the part where he speaks of her being "revealed" to agencies like she's some exotic bird.

Generally speaking, the depiction of albinos in the media hasn't been very positive. Chances are that if a movie has an albino character, that person is usually the bad guy or something not quite human and witchy.

This is not to say that the woman is not striking. She has truly beautiful features that have nothing to do with her skin color. If she were brown skinned and this beautiful, I wonder if Kahn would have walked right by her without a second glance.

That said, I think she photographs beautifully and I sincerely hope that she's just not used as this season's latest runway gimmick next season. I hope that her presence will change, if even just a little bit, the average person's perception of albinism and beauty. Most of all my hope for her is that she gets to work with designers and photographers that will see her for more than just an "interesting contrast shot" and book her because she's a lovely model and not just to exploit her looks in the same manner that some very dark skinned black models have been exploited.

Opinions?

source: TFS, Elite

10 comments:

chic aka Fatback E. Jones said...

there is a black albino male model who is doing very well at the moment.

Camille Acey said...

i was waiting for you to write about her. these are my sentiments exactly, but i don't hold much hope that she will be treated right. i think she's best to use her five minutes to get the loot and run. fashion people won't be changing any time soon.

Naturally Sophia said...

I am thrilled that you did this post. I read about her on the message boards but had only glanced at her photos. She is beautiful and I sincerely hope she will have a lasting presence.

Brigitte said...

@there is a black albino male model who is doing very well at the moment.

I think you mean Shawn Ross. There's a pic of him with Diandra in the slideshow. I haven't seen much of him lately but then, I don't follow male models much.

@Natually Sophia and Camille

I've been meaning to post about her for awhile , glad you commented.

george said...

you can find pics i shot of her on my blog

The Unknown of fashiion said...

Shaun Ross I would say is her other half Diandra is very cool Shaun Ross and diandra forrest will do well in the industry I see them doing a campaign for Dior or Alexander McQueen they will shine

divinedetroitdiva said...

I just watched an interview with Diandra on 20/20 and I am pleased even if she is "the flavor of the month". In this world you take your victories wherever they are presented. The author of the article is so busy looking for the negative, that the blessing is overlooked. As an old friend once said" You're so negative that if I gave you a million $ in one dollar bills, you'd respond, "Now, who's gonna count all this $h-t".

SophiaF3F3 said...

Wow. The crazy thing is i grew up with Diandra (or as I called her Dee Dee) when her grandmother (RIP) lived down the hall from me. I've lost contact with her and she her family from time to time. Next thing you know i see her on here and i'm blown away. She was always a shy to her self person. Her being Albino was never even a factor to me. I'm so proud of what she's done for herself. I wish her nothing but the best. You go head gurl =]

goldie said...

i was surprised that there are also models like her.....she is so tall and has great body...

goldie said...

i'm also an albino...and i'm ashame of myself....but seeing her with confidence makes me feel confident too.i wish i could be a model too.