Model and former Australia’s Next Top Model contestant Duckie Thot has spoken out about her experience of having natural hair and working in the fashion industry. Her honest social media post confronts the fashion industry for its lack of diversity and support for black models. Since posting, she’s gained over 18,000 likes and 1,200 comments on Instagram, proving that her issue is one that has been faced by too many. Read her story below.
Duckie Thot: Her experience with natural hair and the fashion industry
Having recently been a target of online bullying, Duckie Thot finally decided to open up about her struggle to embrace her natural hair, as well as how difficult it is to find trained professionals who are able to work with her hair texture and type when on set.
Taking to her Instagram account to share her thoughts, Duckie wrote: “I’ve never really had a good experience with my natural hair and modelling. I remember on [Australia’s Next] Top Model, on one of the episodes I had to cornrow my own hair. I was extremely upset and embarrassed that [the stylists] “didn’t know how” to cornrow my natural hair when at the end of the day that’s their job. I sat in front of the mirror silently crying before my shoot doing my own hair. It’s not fun being bullied for something you can’t control and to have a Top Model woman of colour who I thought encouraged acceptance and self love call me out for rocking my natural hair isn’t cool at all.” Credit: @duckieofficial
It’s no secret that here at All Things Hair, we think natural hair is amazing, and nothing pleases us more than when we see women embracing their natural locks.
In fact, we love it so much that we’ve dedicated a whole Black Hairstyles page to it, so that women with natural hair can get inspired with styling ideas and step-by-step tutorials! Don’t believe us? Check the page out for yourself: you won’t be disappointed, we promise!