When I started writing this blog I did it purely for fun and also cos I had absolutely nothing to do with my time (if you believe that then you are punch drunk), but I never really thought it would take off in the way that it has. On a regular basis I am either asked for my comments or asked to comment on things and people are constantly emailing, texting or calling me to give feedback, have a go or make suggestions on what I should talk or comment about in my next blog.
So not being a selfish, ungrateful human being I would like to thank all of you that have sent me some “sugar” as well as those of you that are hating, I love you all.
Mr Mahogany New Blog Picture:
Do you like my new look main blog picture? be honest now, you know that this is the honesty blog, everyone that reads this blog can handle the truth.
Even if you don't like it do I really care, as I like it. However if you don't like it and if you think you are bad do something better and send it to me and I will put it to the people as to whether your design is better (and I am not putting no LOL after my last comment, why do people do that they have just had a go at you and they meant it and then put lol after the underhanded comment or insult and try and soften the blow by putting lol - yeah right, they meant it).
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Are Things Changing:
For a while now it is more or less impossible for models of colour, including up coming or even
supermodels to break into mainstream fashion and be featured in top magazines and advertising campaigns, it is a bit like having £1 in your bank account and walking into a car show room and trying to buy a brand new Rolls Royce.
Mahogany Models via its Black But Invisible campaign has been working hard to change this and we believe that via some successful campaigns such as the Italian Vogue all black issue and our work with the British Fashion Council as well as numerous media attention we have received on this issue it seems that things are starting to change.
Very recently Alex Wek was on the cover of ELLE, Chanel Iman was featured in Allure and LiyaKebede in Vogue and we have the beautiful black model VV Brown featured in the brand new major advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, in London Fashion Week this year we had the highest number of models of colour ever, featured on the catwalks at LFW.
Once upon a time this just would never have happened, however we must not get complacent as we still have a very long way to go, so we must continue to push for change and insist that we are used constantly.
Mix race is the most beautiful people in the world – refer to evening standard article where I was quoted (sorry cant locate the exact article)
Not sure how many of you saw or read my view words that were featured in the Evening Standard
regarding the fact that mix race people are considered the most beautiful people in the world. It started a really good debate and I loved the variety of views and comments that I received. The long and short of it is, regardless of our skin tone we are all beautiful.
There was also another article
where I also commented on the issues of models and I do hope that as much as possible I am representing your views and the facts as fairly as possible.
Is it true that black women are just after men for their money or what they have?
The above was sent to me as a topic for me to comment on and trust me I was tempted to go all out on this one and say it as it is and then I thought hold on wait a minute, do I really want to get into this. Already I am public enemy number one due to some of my previous blogs and if I make the mistake of giving my views on this I to could end up living in Makoko or Ajegunle (places featured in the Welcome to Lagos documentary), as I know my beautiful black sisters would willingly deport me there as punishment. So unless I am severely harassed into talking about this and promised full immunity (Jack Bauer style) from prosecution, for now I just have to let it go.
News In Brief:
Awards & Nominations
I don’t know about you but I think it is great when you work hard and your peers or people around you decide to recognise you for what you have done and over the past 2 weeks a number of people I know have been either nominated or received an award. It is important to support one another when we are informed that someone we know receives a nomination for an award (people stop being envious and hating) and lets support and promote each other.
(entrepreneur) was recently nominated for the "above and beyond character award" which is part of The Bold and Beautiful Awards. If you would like to vote for her - please click on her name.
Shi Dolor (fashion designer) was Recognised and awarded by the UK's first purpose built Women's Business Centre as a Creative Entrepreneur and luxury fashion design business 2010
Crystal (model, Singer & entrepreneur)
she is also a Mahogany Model, was nominated in the "Most Creative Female" category at the 'London Young Women's awards and I am so pleased to say that she won.
TMC Sierra Leone
We are pleased to announce that a Top Model of Colour franchise will be taking place in Sierra Leone later this year, so watch out for TMC Sierra Leone
MOAN OF THE DAY...
Is it Fair?
If I had a lot of money and could afford to be sued I would put the name of this person and competition all over the airwaves as I am just so pissed that this sort of thing still goes on in this day and age, be patient I will explain to you why I am very disappointed.
Nowadays every woman that has two legs and arms enters one type of beauty pageant or modelling competition, regardless of whether they are pretty or they are someone that should just be arrested for committing crimes against humanity by being so ugly (this relates only to those that think they are pretty enough to enter competitions). Now don’t get me wrong as anyone and everyone that wants to enter should have the opportunity to enter, but some ladies need to have a look in a reinforced mirror before filling in an application form. As usual I digress because this has nothing to do with this moan and groan.
The real moan and groan is against men that decide to set up competitions just so that they can sleep with the contestants on the promise that if the girls sleep with them then they will win the competition. Now for me this is DISGUSTING as besides you being a low life it is also unfair on the girls that have entered believing that they would have a fair chance of winning the competition. I recently was asked to be involved in a competition taking place in West Africa (yes I know I normally narrow things down better than this, but we are going through an economic downturn and I just cant afford legal fees at present, so sorry but you will have to guess the country in question). I was informed 3 weeks before the competition started that the owner of the show had decided upon whom the winner was and I was also informed by reliable sources that he was having Turkish Delights with not only the girl that he had already decided was going to win the competition but also with a number of the other contestants – WHY?
Now it would be totally unfair for me to just blame the man because, I am sorry ladies but if the girls in their desperation to win a car and a nice cash prize willingly agreed to go to the dentist and “open wide” then they are as much to blame. If they refused to do this then nasty old men like this would not be able to get away with it. When girls do things like this it gives ALL girls a bad reputation and even if you win such a competition fairly some people would believe that you slept your way to the top.
I really believed that all of this kind of crap had stopped yes I know I should wake up and smell the coffee and I guess this is why I am always asked about how many of my models I sleep with or have slept with - for me business and pleasure seriously does not mix well.
PS if you want to rig your event or competition DO NOT invite me to be a judge, cos I will expose you and next time I will name and shame and I will also name the girls that cave in to this type of exploitation.
Hissing at Women:
I have a name and if you don’t know it walk up to me and say hi.
How many times ladies does this happen to you that you are walking down the street and you hear a hissing sound, you try to ignore it and it gets louder and you turn around and see one bush man (cos men that do it are always bush and ugly) and he is trying to get your attention by hissing at you like a snake.
Guys stop it, women don’t like it and it makes you look bush. If you need to attract a ladies attention walk up to her and say hi, trust me you will go a long way by doing that and to the ladies if a guy hisses at you and you turn around and pay him attention then it serves you right don’t complain afterwards.
Be good and take care – tomorrows another day