While waiting to get prepped to strut down the runway for Paris Fashion Week, Myers noticed stylists seemed to be avoiding her.
She posted a time-lapse video of herself waiting for her turn to be prepped as other white models were being tended to one after the other. Unfortunately, this form of discrimination is a common occurrence.
“I don’t need special treatment from anyone. What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair,” she said in an Instagram post, addressing the prejudice that continues to plague African-American models in the industry.
I don't need special treatment from anyone. What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. I'm so tired of people avoiding doing my hair at shows. How dare you try to send me down the runway with a linty busted afro. We all know if you tried that on a white model you'd be #canceled 👌🏽 If one doesn't stand we all fall. If it isn't my fro it'll probably be yours 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽 #modelsofcolor #fashionweek #noexcuse #naturalhair #blackhair #naturalhaircare #hair #jesustakethewheel #hairstylist #hairstyling
Myers told Teen Vogue that at least 3 or 4 other black models were neglected backstage. “I usually do my hair before every show, but this time I just showed up without anything on hand like everyone else,” she said.
Myers explained that being confrontational is futile, and the language barrier adds another layer of complication.
“There isn’t really much confronting you can do with these hairstylists. I’m not going to chastise [them], but [they] still don’t know what to do with natural hair. The other black girls at the show spoke French, so I was kind of on my own. I simply asked around the room for who did black hair multiple times and was cast aside, until they sat me in this guy’s chair who tried to send me off looking unpolished, like the other [black] girls. One of the other black models saw all of the lint in my hair and was surprised.”
Her Instagram post received over 4,500 views, and followers left supportive comments.
Nishonsbeauty wrote, "I am glad you spoke out.. I use to work for a hair manufacturer and they did the same thing. I would love to do your hair and have always wanted to work fashion week."
Dyakimstyle said, "We see you mama....It's a long standing tradition not only in fashion but film and T.V. So the goal is to create a network ( international ) of black hairstylist who really understand our various textures....Glad you spoke about this issue. Natural hair is not new...just new to some."
On Wednesday, the outspoken model thanked those who lauded her fortitude.
"Thank you so much for all the love, passion, and, support from my community. I encourage my powerful working women not only be brave and speak out against the mistreatment they face within the industry - but to also help out and support the newer generation," she wrote. "I can't imagine what working would be like for us if Naomi (Campbell), Tyra (Banks), Bethann (Hardison), or even Iman were too scared about not getting shows to speak up. You were born without these shows and you will die without them. Do it for the girls after us and the ones looking up to us."