Devyn Abdullah has had a change of heart, or should I say words. On the heels of her win on “The Face”, Devyn spoke to Style Blazer, to clear up the recent comments about wanting to be considered an “international” model, instead of a black model, as well as the main motivation in her life.
SB: I know recently you caught a lot of heat when you said you didn’t consider yourself a black model. Do you think that comment was taken out of context and do you want to clear it up?
Devyn: “I’ve been waiting for the moment to address this. I can understand how someone can take it out of context, and how someone could misinterpret it. I definitely want to apologize because I didn’t want to offend anybody in any type of way. But that’s not where the core of, you know, where my answer was. My answer was basically saying being a model doesn’t have to do with your race. And I mean, look at Naomi [Campbell], she’s one of the coaches! And it really has to do with being an inner woman. It really has to do with playing this role. Like being a model, it’s a talent. You’re supposed to adjust to your clients that you get. It’s sad that people took it that way and I can understand. Some people took it as offense like, oh, she’s light skinned so she thinks she’s better. Or she just doesn’t think that’s she’s black. And I’m clearly I’m a black woman. It’s very clear… And it actually really hurt. It was really offensive, especially on Team Karolina, there were only two black girls left. All I can say is that I’m sorry if I offended somebody but that’s not what I meant whatsoever. It’s clear that I’m a black woman. Me not embracing the fact that I’m a black woman would be a disgrace to my mother and my daughter. And that’s where I came from and that’s what I produce. So that’s something I would never… I mean, it doesn’t make any sense.”
SB: You worked so hard, and we know that your daughter is your motivation. She’s a little too young to understand the magnitude of you winning. But when she’s older, how would you sum up this experience for her?
Devyn: “It’s as easy as taking all the tapes I’ve recorded of The Face, and popping it in and letting her see it for herself. Because actions speak louder than words. She’ll see it, and that’s all that matters to me. My dedication, what I’ve done. I’m still mommy no matter what. Whether I’m the face of this brand or the next brand, or whether I’m working a 9 to 5, I’m still going to be mommy.”
As the new face of Ulta, Devyn realizes being able to get a foot in the door, will prepare her for a future career as a businesswoman as well.
“It’s me getting my foot in the door of the modeling industry, and I’m really excited about it. I want people to love me for me, to be attracted to me for my story and where I come from and to recognize me as a businesswoman. It’s amazing,” Devyn told Time. “Being a single mother, working four jobs before I did this show—any single mother can relate to how hard that is. I was made to model and I was made to be a mother, so why not do just that? The Face definitely helped me with it.”
Congrats to Devyn on her win!
‘The Face’ Winner Devyn Clears Up “I’m Not A Black Girl Model” Comment
‘The Face’ Winner Devyn Clears Up “I’m Not A Black Girl Model” Comme