A History of Racism in Fashion

America's Next Top Model's Pocahontas Episode

Year: 2012

No one's looking to America's Next Top Model to break down cultural barriers, but the inclusion of a Native American contestant on Season 18 of the long-running (shit)show was a refreshing surprise. Too bad the show's producers had to go and completely firebomb any goodwill they'd built up by having the contestant dress up as Pocahontas in the very first episode. The premise was a competition called "Culture Clash" where each model had to represent a notable cultural figure. Apparently the ten minutes it would have taken to Google an iconic Native American female—besides the 12-year-old known for "marrying" a much older white settler and having her story sanitized for the sake of a Disney film—was too much to ask.

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