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Caribbean Fashion Week: Remodeling Beauty in 'Out of Many One' Jamaica

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Cooper,Carolyn (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Sep 2010
Published:
Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers
ISBN:
1362-704
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Popular culture, national identity, ethnic identity, Males, Attractiveness, Biraciality
Notes:
The emergence of a modeling industry in Jamaica that valorizes idiosyncratic style has opened up a space in which black images of beauty take center stage. Caribbean Fashion Week is the major platform for displaying internationally acclaimed Jamaican models. Showcasing a high percentage of decidedly black male and female models wearing spectacular designer clothes, Caribbean Fashion Week enables multiple readings of the body as cultural text. The permissive modeling aesthetic engenders capricious images of beauty that contest the very conception of the 'model' as a mold into which a singular figure of beauty is impressed.