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Black models 'turned away from casting because of race'

DISMISSED: A group of around 10 black women were turned away at a casting during Miami Swim Week, a model has said (Image: Clem Onojeghuo)

TWO BLACK models have claimed that they were denied entry to a casting in Miami because they were black.

Joia Talbott and her friend, known only as Ka-Cey, both shared their accounts of being turned away from a casting during Miami Swim Week on social media.

Talbott captioned a photograph herself with the words: “I was told today that I basically was no match for Miami Swim Week. That I didn’t ‘fit’ the criteria and my pictures were no good. Let me move my bang to the side so I can look you in your eye when I prove you wrong. Doubt fuels my fire!!”

She followed up the post with another referencing the incident. Alongside a picture of herself with a group of fellow black models, she wrote: “When a casting director tells you they don’t want any Afros or women of color...you still show them just how powerful you are. You. Can’t. Break. Us!!”

When a casting director tells you they don’t want any Afros or women of color...you STILL show them just how powerful you are. YOU. CANT. BREAK. US!! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #naturalhairdaily #luvyourmane #teamnatural #blackgirlsrock #brownskinbeauty #queen #blackqueen #4cnaturalhair #4bhair #melaninpoppin #MelaninSummer #flawless #darkskin #Darkskinwomen #blackgirlsrock #womanism #blackwomen #essence #instafashion #melanin #darkskinblackgirls #blackqueen #thedarkerthebetter #blackwomenbelike #curls #Afro #brownskingirls @blackwomenarepoppin @blackslayingit @darkskin.blackgirls #swimsuit #sunkissed #kinkycurly #swimsuit #swimwear #miamiswimweek

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In a Facebook video, Talbott said: “Me and Ka-Cey and about, what was it, maybe about 10, 15 other black models were dismissed at a casting. They said the casting closed just so we could move faster so we finally get out of line and they open the casting back up. Wow Miami.”

Talbott alleges that people at the casting told her “they didn’t want anymore black models” and that “afros were a no-no”.

“They were definitely not feeling my afro at all so I didn’t stand a chance, right?”

She added: “We’re ready to go back to LA where we’re appreciated and we book.”

Ka-Cey said: “I’m honestly, I’m lost for words, like, I’m still trying to process what happened, honestly.”

Ka-Cey closed the video with: “So, somebody tell Miami there’s no such thing as too much brown skin.”

Both models have received an outpouring of support online.

One Facebook commenter, Wanda Jackson, wrote: “You guys are beautiful. Keep on keeping on...Don’t let no one put your light out.”

Another called for the women to name and shame the casting agency.

Lynn Ballard commented: “Did the City of Miami do this or was it a casting agency? Name that agency so we can put them on blast and focus our energy where it belongs.”

Talbott was surprised by the responses she has received. She wrote on Facebook: "Who knew a rant on IG would go viral like this? Wow! Greatly appreciate the support."

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