There is nothing worse then the feeling of neglect. Numerous studies have shown the affects of neglect on children and pets throughout the years, but what people seem to overlook is the neglect society unknowingly portrays towards races that are not theirs. There is a fine line between racism and what we are talking about here. The neglect we are discussing here is from ignorance of another cultures needs. Have you ever been told that a product you need or want, is not “fit” for you. Well Iman is a quintessential person to portray such a situation. She was scouted, and brought over to America so she can be a high end fashion model. And on her third day in the country, at a shoot for American Vogue, she comes across the feeling of neglect by the makeup artists. He had asked her if she brought her own makeup with her. She describes her reaction as quiet “perplexed”, because the Caucasian models had not been asked the same question, and they were using high end makeup products being supplied for them. Such a minor situation makes you wonder in the grand scheme of things, and i had not realized before that there are separate makeup lines, and hair care lines for people of different races. For example, Why is it that Chanel cannot carry foundation for her skin color. As insignificant as it may sound, i believe this is a form of indirect segregation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zko6AmnliOg

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  1. gentdisha says:

    This is an interesting topic which definitely resonates in various facets of society; especially in cosmetic and fashion as you have identified here. In the United States, despite being so diverse and not having any official race, ethnicity, or color to speak of, industries such as fashion have designated “white” as being a kind of official mascot for their products. This can be seen in products such as “nude” or “flesh colored” panty hose, or make up products geared towards white skin, essentially establishing white skin as being the staple color tone and norm in a sense. Even with companies who do actually cross this barrier and provide products for women of all colors, we see in the case of this model and her shoot for Vogue, that make up artists actually carrying these products, is apparently a ridiculous expectation and seemingly suggests they’re rare use.