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Model apologises for 'tone-deaf' diversity comments

APOLOGY: Devon Windsor

AMERICAN MODEL Devon Windsor has apologised after she claimed that the struggles of having blonde hair equates to discrimination faced by women of colour in the fashion industry.

The Victoria's Secret model compared the hardship of keeping up her highlights to the the racism faced by women of colour models, as they discussed diversity in the industry and how far it has come.

She made the comment after fellow model Shanina Shaik, whose mother is of Lithuanian descent and father is half Pakistani, half Arab, told how she had been bullied over her skin colour as the discussion of diversity came up among fellow models Grace Macary who is of Eritrean descent, biracial model Ashley Moore and Chinese model Ping Hue.

Bringing up the need for better representation in fashion, Shanina said: "I used to get bullied. Because of my skin colour I wasn’t gonna be able to do high fashion.

"A lot of black girls would have to miss Milan because they weren’t able to walk in the shows because they don’t want girls of that colour."

Speaking to Devon, Ping suggested the issue must be 'super hard to relate to'.

But Devon hit back, saying: "I literally f*****g went through hell and literally lived in different countries like every other month, and didn’t speak that language.

"I didn’t speak Paris, didn’t speak Italian. And I did that for like, two years.

"You know how hard it is to be blonde? I have to get a highlight every month! Do you know how expensive that is?"

A clip of the conversation, which was filmed as part of E! reality show Model Squad, sparked backlash on social media and prompted a Twitter apology from Devon.

The model claimed the 'joke' had been taken out of context but said she understood it was an 'incredibly insensitive' thing to say.

She wrote: "I want to apologise for what I said. It goes without saying that the comments in the show are incredibly insensitive.

"The majority of the conversation was edited and if a peer of mine wanted to discuss such a serious subject, I would never follow it with a joky...

"I know the struggle of diversity and inclusion in my business as well as in so many others is not one to take lightly."

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