Black Fashionistas:<br />
The Good Girls of Reality TV?

'Fashion Star' contestant Tori Nichel

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“It’s so crazy to me, but it’s kind of like my reality.”

Black believes the presence of a diversity of Black fashion talent on the small screen is a step toward breaking down the racial assumptions that can limit talent and expression. “[It’s] showing black women in a positive light, in more of an authoritative role. This is their show, you know? They’re not a supporting cast member.” She adds, “I think that in itself will start to change just how certain people see black women, the black culture period. …[I] am happy to be one of the positive people that will be hitting the airwaves.”

Tori Nichel says it’s important to remember dramatic personalities might make good television, but they don’t guarantee a successful career in fashion. “It’s not going to be because they were on television for one year or two days. It’s their talent, their skill, their poise and professionalism that will give them the longevity and a successful career.”

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of the novel Powder Necklace and founder of the blog People Who Write. Follow her on Twitter @nanaekua.