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Feb012009

Child Model Look-A-Likes For Malia and Sasha Hard to Find?

From New York Magazine online:

Madison Avenue is scrambling to adjust to a new era, when the most admired people in America are a black family. To reflect this reality, talent scouts are on the hunt for models who look like the Obama children, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10. “People are looking for girls who resemble them,” says Charlie Winfield, the head booker at FunnyFace Today. Tali Lev, an agent with the Gilla Roos agency, keeps links to her “Sasha” and “Malia” model lists on her desktop for easy access. “Photographers even want them for their portfolios.” Marlene Wallach, president of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens, says the First Daughters are tough subjects to match. “It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.”

Or is it just that modeling agencies haven't been judicious in hiring on black and brown child clients seeing them as unable to pull down as many dollars as their tow-headed counterparts? Because, um, I got some playgrounds across America I could point them out to if they're looking for cute little black girls.

Hell, I got some relatives. Call me!

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Reader Comments (23)

and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.”

I don't know Snob ; you know how hard it would be to find actual black people in America, with African and European ancestry: uber exotic!

February 1, 2009 | Registered Commenterdilettante

“It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.”

A new spin on the "We just couldn't find any qualified black candidates for the position." excuse.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermetricpenny

At the end of the day, the dollar bill is what counts, ya know?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrhonda

“It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity,

really? i bet they never thot they would be in this predicament...having to feature actual black folks. "shaking my head"

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle Woods

That's complete bullshit. I see them everywhere I have been. They live in Prince George's County, Columbia, Maryland, Southwest Atlanta and Decatur, Fayetteville, Missouri City, Fort Greene, Prospect Park, Westchester and White Plains, etc. I would imagine there are lots of them in Los Angeles too.

Maybe they don't know what look they are looking for in the natural hair or straightened looks and are confused. That would seem to be the one thing that would clip and befuddle other nationalities about the looks of Malia and Sasha. White People and Asians and even Hispanics usually wear their hair the same that when archived, their hair doesn't change drastically. I bet they don't know how to talk and question about the various hairstyles of the girls that give them different looks.

Their straight hair looks send a message as well as their natural hair looks send a message. Maybe they need the Obamas to tell them what is the message and they are confused to admit they are confused. Natural hair sends a message that is sometimes ambiguious when the class of the person is middle. Straight hair is usually more affirming to Whites of their desired assumption.

They are telling on themselves in volumes. They one are not looking in the right places. They can go to any mall in any country of any major city or suburb and find these clones. I see them everywhere in every major city and for Madison Avenue to be in NY, they need to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and simply go to the Target in Fort Greene. The people are beautiful in Brooklyn and in Harlem.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

More laziness & obliviousness from Madison Avenue. Why am I not shocked?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSDG

Can Canadians get in the act? Cause since they having so much trouble finding cute black children, reast assured we have black people here, and we're not that far lmao.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercanuck

SMDH! There are cute black kids every damn where. And what exactly is this special "ethnicity." It;s called black, deal with it people. They didn't have trouble finding cute black girls for that blasted Tyra Banks travesty ... WTH!!

February 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterPrincess B

Co-sign Andrea on the "That's complete bullshit" part. There are so many things wrong with their thinking I don't know where to begin.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenternOva

Dayum, I tire of mainstream media's relentless attempts to divorce the First Family from black folks en masse. "Special ethnicity", huh? Is that code for "let's pretend that we can't find pretty little black girls like Sasha and Malia because clearly, little black girls aren't "pretty" unless they have white grandmothers"? Perhaps if the ad agencies removed the stereotypical blinders that apparently hinder them from truly seeing black American children, they might see that the African American community is full of beautiful little "Sashas and Malias". I sense, however, that the underlying meme being pushed here is a not-so-subtle attempt to distance Sasha and Malia from the black community by labelling them as something "Other" and "exotic". As always, white supremacy continues to rear its ugly head.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlyric

Gross, gross and super gross. I don't know what's worse that being a little black girl is now en vogue or the fact that madison avenue is now trying to cash in on the Malia and Sasha craze. Special ethnicity means bi-racial or mixed; geesh do they treat treat us like pedigree dogs or what. Not fitting the bill = too black!! Michelle better put the kabosh on this one.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooklyn snob

white agencies can look for little black girls to pretend they're sasha and Malia in modeling ads, but Amnau Eele gets blasted for asking Madison ave and Mrs. Obama to look at black designers.
I get it mow, only whites and non-blacks can make money off of the Obama's in the fashion industry, but not black designers.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWALLA WALLA

white agencies can look for little black girls to pretend they're sasha and Malia in modeling ads, but Amnau Eele gets blasted for asking Madison ave and Mrs. Obama to look at black designers.
I get it now, only whites and non-blacks can make money off of the Obama's in the fashion industry, but not black designers.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWALLA WALLA

There are a lot of little black girls that look like them that are all black. Some black girls who aren't even mixed look more mixed than they do, so I don't get this "special ethnicity" crap.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

I'm just happy to have two cute lil black girls in the white house to provide inspiration for our black daughters, thats powerful enough to influence the future generation of black girls.I give props to Ms O and her foresight! So Madision Avenue can continue its denial,

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlincolnperry

“It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.”
Ridiculous excuse and shame on the president of Wilhelmina agency for letting this nonsense come out of her mouth. I guarantee that she hasn't looked very hard. The Obama girls have forced Madison Avenue to admit what "we" have already known for years..that little black girls are beautiful :) That is the beauty of the Obama family in general, is that they are causing quite a stir in terms of how white America sees black people and how we see ourselves.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterprettylady818

"It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.”

i didn't realize that it was so difficult to find 7 & 10 year old black girls in the world...it's amazing how one never steps outside their environment and take a look around...

this is utter hogwash...this person should be ashamed to think these words, let alone say them out loud...smh

February 2, 2009 | Registered Commenterstarrie

I read this when you first posted, Danielle, and shook my head, but every time it flashed in my alerts, steam shot out of my ears.

I'm so sick of this nonsense I don't know what to do and I agree with everyone here, this is all code language to attempt to divorce The Obama's from being what they are BLACK. For the clueless white folks out there ... Deal with it ... please, cause ya look like Freakin fools.

Sasha and Malia are lovely black children and yes, you can find them all over the country, but these mf'ers never cared to look before and their lazy arses still don't!

Wake up and smell the damn coffee, it's hot and it's all black, Wilhemina!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNoelani

We always seem to have some foolish person who can't deal with our beauty. this was true when the highest paid model was a black womyn and it is still true now. Madison avenue now uses black womyn but as mates or companions to white men in ads. The media is the message is an old saying and yet we still don't understand that until we control the images, we will be pawns...

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE. W. Primus, III

Hmm, notice how the one drop rule has magically disappeared now blacks can actually claim their 1/4 whiteness. Whilemnina needs to have their asses handed to them.

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