Broderick Hunter has opened up about how he broke into the fashion industry on his own terms.
The handsome star, a former face of Ralph Lauren, rose to prominence after an appearance in Ciara’s Sorry video, with the singer having first spotted him in a 2012 Dsquared2 fashion show.
And in an interview with Teen Vogue, the 28-year-old opened up on being one of the few black male models in the fashion industry, and shared that while he looked up to model Tyson Beckford – one of the first globally recognised black fashion stars – he didn’t receive any guidance from him on how to navigate the business.
“I tried looking at him as an ally because I was like, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’ And I’m sure a lot of guys felt that way as well,” Broderick told the publication. “But unfortunately, I didn’t get a single lick of guidance from Tyson Beckford.
“Tyson being who he was at that time and really opening that door, it did give me confidence. But in terms of guidance, I didn’t get much from him or really anybody.”
The former college basketball athlete also spoke about the racism he has encountered as struggled to break into the fashion industry and the continuing lack of diversity.
“I went into several different agencies who told me that they already had a black guy,” the model shared. “I’ve had people say, ‘Oh, you’re too dark.’ I’ve had numerous agencies tell me that black boys weren’t in.”
But while he conceded that the fashion business is “making advancements”, the California native, who has been dubbed one of the “sexiest men on Instagram” by editors at Harper’s Bazaar, insisted that it really hasn’t changed.
“We have all-black runway shows and we have more designers of colour, thanks largely to social media. But I don’t necessarily feel like, for the major brands, there’s enough representation,” he sighed. “People are saying, ‘Fashion has changed,’ but no it hasn’t.”
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