Model Ajak Deng Accuses Balmain of Racism

This past week, IMG model Ajak Deng tweeted quite a few strongly worded messages alluding to the fact that she had been dropped from Balmain's Fall 2014 runway show because of her race. Australia-born Deng has appeared in ad campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, the Gap, and Kate Spade - among others, and walked in shows for everyone from Hermes and Lanvin to Givenchy and Louis Vuitton - just to name a few. While not much more information is known, we can confirm that Deng has since deleted her Twitter account, reportedly at the request of her agency. We also know that Deng, who was one of the breakout stars of the Spring/Summer 2010 Paris shows, walked in a handful of shows in New York this season (think: Public School, Kenneth Cole, and Jeremy Scott, etc.), but she didn't walk in any of the Fall/Winter 2014 shows in London, Milan or Paris thereafter.

In Balmain's defense, it seems Rousteing, who identifies as a person of mixed race, cast ten black models for the house's Fall/Winter 2014 show (far more than any other design house, most of which cast between one and three black models), includingJourdan Dunn, who opened it. So, we are not entirely sure what went transpired between Deng and the Balmain team, and neither party has released a statement. However, you can see a few of Deng's tweets about the alleged incident below ...

tumblr_n1p45l9v5r1rqkjy0o1_500-2
tumblr_n1p45l9v5r1rqkjy0o1_500-2
tweet-2.jpg
Screen-shot-2014-03-03-at-12.12.08-AM-560x390.png