An American model has been forced to apologize after she mentioned the struggle to have blonde hair during a conversation about diversity on the catwalk.
Victoria & # 39; s Secret star Devon Windsor, 24, compared the difficulty of maintaining her high points to the discrimination faced by women of color in the fashion industry.
She made the comment after her model partner Shanina Shaik, whose mother is of Lithuanian descent and her father is half Pakistani, half Arab, told how she had been intimidated by her skin color.
Devon replied: "Do you know how hard it is to be blonde?"
A clip of the conversation, which was filmed as part of the upcoming reality show Model Squad, provoked a violent reaction on social media and provoked a Twitter apology from Devon.
The model claimed that the "joke" had been taken out of context, but said she understood that it was "incredibly insensitive" to say it.
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The star of Victoria & # 39; s Secret Devon Windsor, 24, far right, compared the difficulties of maintaining its high points with the discrimination faced by women of color in the fashion industry. He made the comments while talking to model Shanina Shaik (left). Center, Nadine Leopold
A clip of the conversation, which was filmed as part of an upcoming reality show, sparked a fierce reaction on social media and sparked a Twitter apology from Devon, pictured.
The exchange occurred during a conversation between Devon, Shanina and a group of other models, including the Chinese beauty Ping Hue while filming a scene for Model Squad, which premiered at E! this weekend.
In stating the need for a better representation in fashion, Shanina said: "I used to be intimidated because of the color of my skin, I was not going to be able to do fashion.
"Many black girls would have to miss Milan because they could not walk in the shows because they do not want girls of that color."
Speaking to Devon, Ping suggested that the subject should be "super difficult to relate."
But Devon returned the blow and said: "Literally, I went through hell and literally lived in different countries like every two months, and I did not speak that language.
"I did not speak Paris, I did not speak Italian, and I did it for two years.
& # 39; Do you know how hard it is to be blonde? I have to stand out every month! Do you know how expensive that is?
Devon, on the far left of Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai in 2017, claimed that the "joke" had been taken out of context, but said she understood that it was "incredibly insensitive." Also in photo l-r, Megan Williams, Roosmarijn de Kok and Nadine Leopold
The clip received widespread criticism after it was shared on social networks, including the theartofshade_ user.
An indignant woman wrote: "There are so many young women who admire you at this moment instead of being a role model, you right here being a blonde dump who complains about traveling the world, when so many girls would take your place without hesitation. & # 39;
Another added: "Joking or not, what an ignorant thing to say".
A third published: "Disappointed that someone responded in this way to a POC [person of colour] speaking his truth. "
The comment came up in a promotional clip of the reality show Model Squad, which premieres at E! this weekend. Devon told how he went through hell & # 39; in the early days of his career
While her fellow models, including Daniela Braga, in the picture, watched, Devon asked, "Do you know how hard it is to be blonde?" The question came up in the middle of a conversation about diversity
Devon ended his outburst by adding that he has to stand out every month & # 39; The comment was widely criticized by viewers who saw the clip on social networks
Devon, who was spotted at New York Fashion Week this week, was forced to apologize for the negative reaction.
In a post shared on Twitter, he said the comment was a joke that was taken out of context.
She wrote: I want to apologize for what I said. It goes without saying that the comments on the show are incredibly insensitive.
"Most of the conversation was edited and if a colleague of mine wanted to talk about such a serious topic, I would never follow it with a little grace …
"I know that the struggle for diversity and inclusion in my business, as well as in many others, is not something that should be taken lightly."
The stars of the model squad (r) Daniela Braga, Ping Hue, Ashley Moore, Nadine Leopold, Shanina Shaik, Olivia Culpo, Devon Windsor and Caroline Lowe at the premiere of this month