Growing up, I never really saw color. My mom never talked about beauty or ugliness or color, it was just about whether or not you were a good person. Coming to New York to model, I didn't really know the level of racial separation. For example, when designers would only have one Black girl in a show or how was often the only Black person on a job. Women like Naomi Campbell and Iman were brave and spoke about it, leading to changes that can be seen, for example like in the 2008 Italian Vogue issue of all Black women.
For now, I’m so grateful to be alive in this time. Look at the world right now—we have plus-size models and models of many colors. The world has woken up and fashion had to catch up along with many other industries. And it’s the consumer who decides that—if you’re going to sell a serum for a 45-year-old, we want the woman in the ad to be a 45-year-old. More people are awake and speaking up.