That’s how the blog ‘Gridskipper’ echoes a BBC report on alleged racism at that fashion event in Brazil.
According to the report, Helder Dias, the owner of one agency that promotes the work of black models says slavery may have been abolished long ago in Brazil but the shadow is lengthy. "It is like abolition never existed. It is a facade and the history continues. The black models can't get jobs and have no access, don't have a good distribution of money or earnings and live in a sub-world, because there are no job opportunities," he said.
"I think this reflects Brazil's social exclusion," says Paulo Borges, the man behind Sao Paulo Fashion Week. "I think fashion works with a wide range of profiles and a wide range of aesthetic qualities. There are several black models who do shows, and there aren't more because I believe the history of the black race in Brazil is still about having little access."
The report concludes that "there seems little doubt that the major fashion weeks here have brought some distinctive Brazilian flair and excitement to the industry. But it appears those who want to see the public face of fashion here truly reflect the diversity of this society may have to wait some time."