Despite it being freakin’ 2016, some Singaporean folks still aren’t on board with a pretty elementary concept called diversity.
As part of her world-spanning project, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc travelled across the globe capturing gorgeous portraits of women in their natural, native setting. Already having been featured by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Forbes and more, The Atlas Of Beauty has been lauded as an alluring zenith of arts and humanities, showcasing the beauty of heterogeneity.
“Global trends make us look and behave the same, but we are all beautiful because we are different,” she says of her project. “In the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the beholder is always somebody else.”
As usual, some Singaporeans just had to fuck things up, even in something as noble and winsome as the project. Instead of being proud that Noroc featured a Singaporean woman as part of her project — none other than our Marc Jacobs homegirl Nadia Rahmat — they weren’t all that happy with the choice.
To be honest, it all reeks of innate racism and privilege, as if someone who wasn’t fair-skinned couldn’t encompass beauty. In other words, it seems like they were taking issue with the fact that the Singaporean representative was not Chinese.
Luckily, not all folks were stuck in regressive mindsets as they leapt to Nadia’s defense.
On her end however, the model took it all in her stride — she even had an eloquent, classy reply to all the haters out there who’re on the wrong side of history.
You go, girl.