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!