By Thea Lim
This morning we received a tip from reader Cassandra, letting us know about last night’s episode of America’s Next Top Model, where contestants flew to Maui to do a photo shoot where they were supposed to be biracial.
We don’t usually quote directly from tipsters, but I am too stunned to paraphrase right now. Cassandra reports:
A "fashion interpretation" of Native designs that may have religious significance? I guess that's a polite way of saying bastardization, ripoff, mockery, etc.
I also like Tyra's "think of what those people were like." Right, because indigenous people are a thing of the past. No one looks or acts like that anymore. We're all Americans in this global village of ours.
I trust I don't have to say more about this ANTM bit. Newspaper Rock readers should know why it's wrong.
Here's a gallery of the models pretending to belong to other ethnic groups:
New Pics: Tyra Transforms The 'America's Next Top Model' Hopefuls
For more on the subject, see "Colorface" Yesterday and Today, Tricking or Treating Indians, and Indian Wannabes.