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Chrissy Teigen thinks Asian models are underrepresented in the industry, calls for diversity

20 February 2017 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Chrissy Teigen was at the Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 launch party and the model talked about how she feels about diversity and Asian models being underrepresented in the industry.

Teigen is of Thai, German, and Norwegian descent and she had her fair share of being criticized for having mixed races. She said, “I think it’s really important to start embracing people…seeing them in roles that are not necessarily 'That Asian Girl' or 'That Asian Boy.' I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models, and I think Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry, especially on the runways or in magazines."

The 31-year-old said the issue about diversity is not rooted in modelling as the film industry could be the reason why other races are not seen in the fashion industry. She said the film industry lacks diversity and that is to be blamed. She also said she does not feel offended by cultural appropriation because it pays homage but she really believes there are a lot of beautiful Asian women who could do the same thing as what other races are doing.

Last year, Teigen also talked about diversity in the Miss Teen USA pageant. The sarcastic tweet reads, “Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch.” Last year, Miss Teen USA mostly had blondes and whites being part of the annual competition.

Her husband, John Legend, also talked about diversity. Last year, the “# OscarsSoWhite” trended and the singer pointed out the problem with diversity was not limited to the award show. He said if people of color were given good roles, they would have landed nominations.

Teigen is featured in the 217 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The shots were taken just two months after she gave birth to her daughter.

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