New Zealand’s Next Top Model has encountered criticism in an NZ Herald article today over the mono-culturalism of the final contestants chosen. According to the article, of the 13 finalists, only two identify themselves as Maori. It doesn’t say which two, but I would assume Tiffany and Hosanna. Besides those two, there’s Ajoh from Sudan, and I’m not 100% sure, but Ruby looks to me to be part Cook Island Maori or something similar. The remaining nine are about as white as they come, with one commentator noting:
“These girls are pretty, but they all look like Supre [clothing] store girls.”
Check out the article and share your thoughts – I’m going to write more on this later. In a related topic, I’m MCing the NZ Race Unity Speech Awards tonight!