Racial discrimination is still an issue nowadays, more so in the fashion industry. The latest news that singer Kiana Valenciano (Gary Valenciano & Angeli Pangilinan’s daughter) and former Miss Earth Jamie Herrell alongside with five other Filipina models were denied to attend the LA Fashion Week is a disturbing one.
California, which is considered to be the state that is more tolerate to people of diverse background, is currently having the Los Angeles Fashion Week. In a news report by ABS-CBN, “the young singer flew to Los Angeles over the weekend after being invited to open a fashion show last Monday. But at the night of the event, she was baffled to find out that she, along with Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell and five other Pinay models, were denied access to the backstage.
When asked why, one of the producers allegedly told the group that ‘no Filipinos‘ were allowed. According to Kiana’s manager, her mom Angeli, in an interview with ABS-CBN News, they were ‘puzzled’ because the show was to feature works from Filipino designers Rocky Gathercole and Resty Lagare.”
According to GMA News, “International makeup artist Cherry Ordoñez and Alan del Rosario told “Unang Balita” on Tuesday that some members of the staff of Los Angeles Fashion Week asked Filipino professionals to leave the backstage.
The producer of the show Eric Rosete allegedly did not like the idea of having Pinay models on the runway.”
Clearly, the LA fashion industry still needs to be more inclusive of the type of models they employ. And the mere fact that a ‘No Filipinos Allowed‘ policy is a clear illustration that racial discrimination is still strong in the US, more so with the fashion industry.