‘The Face’ model says she’s not a ‘black model’ because she’s light-skinned

Devyn, right, one of the models being interviewed by Wendy Williams, left.
Devyn, right, one of the models being interviewed by Wendy Williams, left.

Just when you thought it was safe, the light-skin, dark skin dilemma raises its wicked head once again.

The color complex in the black community goes back to the days of slavery, and it has been an issue in our culture for the better part of 400 years, occasionally bursting through the surface to dominate the national urban conversation.


So you can understand when some were taken aback — especially darker hued supermodel Naomi Campbell — when Devyn, a rising model who appeared on Campbell’s “The Face” reality show, said that she didn’t believe that she was a “black model” because she is fair-skinned.

The controversy surfaced during an interview between Devyn, 21, and media maven Wendy Williams, who had made a cameo appearance as a celebrity judge during the episode that aired Tuesday.


Williams, who hosts the nationally televised “Wendy Williams Show,” looked shocked after she asked Devyn how she felt about being an African American model. 

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