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Runway Racism Clouds Paris Fashion Shows
A black woman in a blonde wig
Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Blond is in demand, but black is not

Paris has once again become the world capital of fashion. The pret-a-porter shows with the 2008 spring and summer fashions have already begun. It is pricey, ready-to-wear clothing -- but only for whites.

Tiguida is a strikingly beautiful young woman with almond-shaped eyes, black hair and heart-shaped lips. At 1.79 meters (5 feet 11 inches), 56 kilograms (124 pounds) and measurements of 83-63-91 centimeters (33-25-36 inches), she has the figure of the perfect model.

The French, however, appear not to think so.

As the daughter of parents from Mali and Niger, she's not part of the pret-a-porter fashion shows currently underway in Paris. In fact, she rarely works as a model for fashion shows. No matter that the face is flawless and the size is right: A black model has a particularly tough time in the Paris fashion world.

"At the Paris fashion shows, there aren't even two black models, but just one: A black model or a model of mixed races. Not two, just a single one," the 19-year old said. "Paris is the world capital of fashion -- for whites."

An awful scandal

Naomi CampbellBildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: An exception: Naomi Campbell

Tiguida does commercials for lotions, make-up and hairstyles -- for blacks. Even women's magazines rarely employ blacks. She has gone to auditions for Marie Claire but has never been hired -- though a biracial model was, Tiguida said.

"In London and Italy, black models get work," she said. "But not in France. That's racism."

It was in 1964 that fashion designer Paco Rabanne sent a black model walking down a runway for the first time. She wore a wedding dress made of white plastic.

"It was an awful scandal," Rabanne said. "After the show, American fashion journalists came backstage and almost spit in my face. They said haute couture is reserved for white women and not those girls over there."

Wanted: Blonde, tall and thin

A blonde model posingBildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Blonde and white is preferred

During fashion shows, the phones practically ring off the hook at well-known fashion agency Elite, when designers choose models for their collections.

Elite discovered black top model Naomi Campbell. Today, however, the agency only has two models of color, a Jamaican from New York and a biracial Frenchwoman.

Sabine Killinger, vice president of Elite Paris, said there simply isn't enough work for more black models. She added that this wasn't the fault of model agencies, who are just suppliers for the fashion houses, magazines, advertising clients and catalogues.

Lacking global appeal?

Advertising campaigns are made for the world market, and only models who appeal to the whole world are considered, she said.

"A black model does not appeal to Asia," Killinger said. "There are also stories that there isn't necessarily much love between the Arabs and blacks."

The fashion industry is about identification and customers prefer to dream about a blonde, tall and slim girl, rather than someone who is black, Killinger said.

Few agencies specializing in black models have been established in Paris. Most of them, however, had to shut down. "Mode Black" survived, because the company also functions as a communications agency and does not only manage black models.

In Europe, blacks can only live off modeling in England or Italy, according to "Mode Black." In England, that's possible because of the local black communities and the ethnic advertising that caters to them. In Italy, designers simply book more blacks.

Away from France

Model ImanBildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Another exception: Iman

For Tiguida this meant moving abroad. In mid-October she will travel first to Mali and then to the festival of African fashion in Niger, then to South Africa and the US to model.

It's only a slight consolation that others in the industry, such as models from the Maghreb region, are even worse off. An Arab friend of hers decided to go back to school after three years of modeling because she couldn't find any work.

"She really tried everything," Tiguida said. "She could work abroad, but her family doesn't want to let her go. That's why she quit -- she cannot work in France."

Martina Zimmermann (tip)

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"Oversized handbags usually provide easy access, long handles for over the shoulder carrying, cell phone pockets, zip pockets, fold over flip pockets and hold a lot of necessary items needed for any occasion.

Not only do designer handbags make you feel good about yourself, they present you as a person of the present era or, of modern tastes.

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Shoes and a great bag will make or break an outfit. And if you need to carry a lot of things, no matter what they are, you can still look fashionable by carrying an oversized designer handbag.

Another nice thing with regards to oversized handbags is that there is no stigma attached to their size. Unlike when you are trying on designer jeans and you think “if I hadn’t eaten that last dessert, these jeans might fit me”. There is no shame in carrying an oversized handbag.

All women will concur that an oversized handbag is a must for adventuring. You can carry sandwiches, snacks, make up bag, cell phone, laptop, keys, hairbrush, hairspray, baby items, pet items, maps, first aid kit, etc.

Designer Handbags are a wearable work of art. The craftsmanship on a really well made bag will captivate you. You may find yourself sitting in the closet looking at the stitching, feeling the silky leather and breathing in that new leather smell. It may be hard for you to bring yourself to actually using it.

Some designers of oversized handbags are Tommy Hilfiger, Necessary Objects, Stone Mountain, Kathy Van Zeeland and Derek Alexander.

Kathy Van Zeeland handbags provide exclusive materials of the highest quality and focus on the most fashionable trends each season. Kathy Van Zeeland wants you to look and feel great wearing her handbags, and she is confident that you will receive many compliments on your sense of style." jackiebeam

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"Florida police are investigating the apparent suicide of the so-called D.C. Madam, who was found dead in the Florida mobile home of the madam's mother Thursday.

D.C. Madam
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, dubbed the "D.C. Madam," sat down for an exclusive interview last year with ABC News' Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross.
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The madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, was recently convicted on federal charges stemming from operating a prostitution service in the Washington, D.C. area with a number of high-profile clients. She was scheduled to be sentenced July 24."

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According to the national enquirer and I quote

"The NATIONAL ENQUIRER exclusively reports Whitney Houston's 15 year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina tried to stab her mom during an argument - and then attempted to kill herself by slashing her wrists!

The shocking suicide attempt landed Bobbi Kristina in a psychiatric ward in Atlanta, sources said.

Ann Davis, a family member exclusively told The ENQUIRER, that a few days before Bobbi's 15th birthday party that Kristina "tried to stab Whitney" before turning the razor on herself."

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