GMA: White Model Poses As “African Queen”
A new controversy has exploded in the modeling industry after a French magazine ran a photo spread with a white model in dark makeup next to the title, “African Queen.” It’s a very contentious issue, especially considering that only six percent of the industry is black, according to Good Morning America February 28 2013. Black models are very underrepresented in the industry.
Ondria Hardin, the 16-year-old model who posed for the shoot, is normally quite pale. “Blackface is so sensitive,” said Vanessa K. Bush, managing editor for Essence magazine, “because it has such a tainted history.”
The French magazine, Numero, appeared to blame the photographer for the controversy. After apologizing and saying that it never meant to offend anyone, the magazine said, “Numero has always supported the artistic freedom of the talented photographers who work with the magazine to illustrate its pages, and has not took [sic] part in the creation process of this editorial.”
The photographer, Sebastian Kim, said that he never intended to portray a black woman. He said that he “wanted tanned and golden skin to be showcased as part of the beauty aesthetic of this shoot” and he said that the title, “African Queen,” which he had not been made aware of, “did a lot to further people’s misconceptions about these images.”
GMA: Deals and Steals
Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the deals and steals on GMA February 28 2013 are going to Be the Match, the national bone marrow donor program. Robin Roberts was really happy about this and it really is a great cause, so if one of these things sounds good to you, you might want to check them out.
First up were the Lauren Moshi tote bags, which are 100 percent cotton and have lots of different patterns for you to choose. These are normally $88, but they’re only $37.50 on GMA’s website. Then there was the Emi Jay set, two headbands and 12 hair ties. Normally, it’s $36, but it’s $18 on the GMA website.
Cate & Chloe Necklaces & Earrings were next, normally starting at $125, but slashed down to $39 with GMA savings. Lastly, there were the Rustic Cuff Bracelets, slashed by 65 percent down to $29 from $82.
GMA: The Fast Diet Review
The Fast Diet is spreading like crazy across England. The diet requires two days of extreme fasting and five days of letting the dieter eat whatever they want. During the fasting days, the dieter is allowed just 25 percent of a normal adult’s daily caloric intake. Roughly, that would mean 600 calories for men and just 500 calories for women. It can be eaten in just one meal or spread out across the day.
The diet was created by Dr. Michael Mosley, who wanted to lower his glucose levels. He said that he met with American researchers who said that severe calorie restrictions can lead to decreased cancer risk, increased life expectancy and increased brain function. He said he lost 20 pounds in two months.
But Dr. Keith Ayoob from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine said that more human testing is needed before declaring it safe. He said he didn’t think it was safe for someone under 20, someone who is growing or adults with health conditions.
What do you think? Would you try the fast diet? ‘