The lack of diversity and representation is one of fashion’s most widely discussed issues nowadays. The modeling industry, in particular, has been criticized for offering limited, sanitized visions of beauty and the fashionable body. This reading list explores the fashion modeling industry, revealing some of the challenges and racism faced by non-white models throughout history. It also offers insights on how modeling has been shaped by queer sensibilities and the endurance of black models, who have had a long-lasting impact on fashion and pop culture, reshaping the standards and boundaries of beauty for centuries.

Afro-Brazilian Model in Christmas theme photoshoot

Jefferson Gomes, 2021. Largo paissandú centro histórico de são paulo, São paulo, Brasil.