Teen Who Was Rejected From Working For Six Flags Because Of Locs Lands Modeling Deal

July 9, 2019  |  

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The narrative of Black hair not being appropriate enough for employment has been a hot topic. Both California  and New York City made it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their hair. Looks like the rest of the United States needs to follow suit. Back in March, 17-year-old Kerion Washington was denied a position with the Six Flags in Texas due to his locs. As his story went viral, he used it as an opportunity to advocate for himself. “They told me I could cut my hair and come back, that it’s just hair and it would grow back,” he told Dallas News. “But they compared it to having a tattoo. I didn’t want to cut it.”

Fast forward a few months later, Washington received an Instagram message from Corrie Caster, head of development for IMG Los Angeles. IMG represents top models Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kate Moss and Ashley Graham. Caster heard about his story, saw his photo and reached out to explore his modeling potential. “I scout the world looking for talent and stories,” Caster said. “I didn’t know his story then, but he had a lot of the physical features we look for in our models.

Washington and his mother agreed to start working with local modeling agency Jones Model Management, and flew down to Austin for his first shoot. For now, he is learning more about what it takes to become a model, how to walk the runway, the best positions for the camera and how to pose. Talk about career upgrade! Once he develops his portfolio, it will be pitched to IMG Models for consideration.

Although the discrimination that happened against Washington is completely wrong, things are looking on the upside for him. Still, America needs to do a better job of accepting all people and the way their hair grows from their scalp.

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