The Problem With Casting "Real Women"

Photo: Getty/Daily Life - A "real model" at DKNY

Photo: Getty/Daily Life - A "real model" at DKNY

In this article, writer Kathleen Lee Joe, talks about diversity in the fashion industry, how the term "real woman," is itself anti-feminist and problematic, and the problems with casting real women as opposed to professional models.

Yet if only non-models are ‘real’, what does that make professional models? – mere holograms? The phrase also carries the suggestion that us non-model folk need some sort of feeble reassurance that it’s okay to be who we are – because who we are is somehow more real . . . And doesn’t the casting of non-models as models devalue the profession as a whole? We can’t think of any other job where such outside representation is required.

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