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.

The Face’ Winner Devyn Clears Up “I’m Not A Black Girl Model” Comment - Clutch MagazineSB: 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

 

39 Comments

  1. Ms. Write

    I understand what she is trying to say, it just wasn’t articulated well. For example, a great athlete wouldn’t want to be remembered as a “Black athlete” just as a great athlete. To say someone is a great “Black athlete” would mean he is an exception to the rule, and that the assumed greatness is in white athletes. However unlike sports, there is one Black model to every 50 white models (probably more) so she really doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on with her statement. We are not in post-racial society and that is totally apparent in the modeling world. Wherever she goes, she will always be cast as a “Black Model” or “Ethnic” (whatever that means). Ask Chanel Iman.

  2. Ms. Write

    After commenting on this article, I went back and looked at the original clip from The Face where she says her look is ” fair skinned” and therefore more “international” in comparison to Ebony, the other darker model on the show. Now I see why nobody takes her response seriously.

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    The ONLY way that aspiring-model ‘Devyn’ could be
    seen as being racially-”Black” is via an adherence to
    the racist-’One-Drop Rule’ (an socially-constructed
    “rule” which was created by racial-supremacists
    in order to degrade BLACK lineage — and which
    was also and legally-banned in the U.S. in 1967).

    http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4162

    http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4160
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    This means that any BLACK person who
    supports the black-lineage degrading’
    / racist-’One-Drop Rule’ either has no
    self-esteem, is insane or is an idiot.
    .
    THERE IS absolutely NO SUCH THING AS A
    so-called ‘LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK’ person.
    .

    http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4160

    The LINKS in the SIDEBAR of my YouTube
    CHANNEL explain this in greater detail.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/user/apgifts
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    More people need to realize and accept the fact
    that THERE IS actually NO SUCH THING AS
    A so-called “LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK” person
    … but rather … such individuals and groups are
    actually people who are of a ‘Multi-Generational
    Multiracially-Mixed’ (MGM-Mixed) Lineage
    that some may have been pressured or
    encouraged to ignore or downplay.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4160
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    People of Mixed-Race lineage should NOT
    feel pressured to ‘identify’ according to
    any standards other than one’s own.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4157
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    The legal -application of the racist-’One-Drop Rule’
    (ODR) was banned in the U.S. way back in 1967.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4162
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    http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341891410164
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    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4187
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    http://www.facebook.com/groups/253286018082418/permalink/253341281410225
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    Listed below are related Links of ‘the facts’ of the histories
    of various Mixed-Race populations found within the U.S.:
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    There is no proof that a ‘color-based slave hierarchy’
    (or that ‘color-based social-networks’) ever existed
    as common entities — within the continental U.S.
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    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4154
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    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4153
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    It was the ‘Rule of Matriliny (ROM) —
    [a.k.a. 'The Rule of Partus' (ROP)] — and
    NOT the racist-’One-Drop Rule’ (ODR) —
    that was used to ‘create more enslaved
    people’ on the continental U.S.
    .
    This is because the chattel-slavery system that was
    once found on the antebellum-era, continental U.S.
    was NOT “color-based” (i.e. “racial”) — but rather
    – it was actually “mother-based” (i.e. ‘matrilineal’).
    .
    http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/309460495741441
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    There were many ways (and not solely the sexual assault
    and sexual exploitation of the women-of-color) in which
    ‘white’ lineage entered the familial bloodlines of
    enslaved-people found on the continental U.S.
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4238
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    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4239
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4240
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    An ‘Ethnic’ category is NOT the
    same thing as a “Race” category:
    .
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4236
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    http://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/300777016632181
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    Other Topics:
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    https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/279223868853420
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    https://www.facebook.com/allpeople.gifts/posts/164203590359746
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    http://www.facebook.com/notes/%C2%ADallpeople-gifts/the-facts-on-m%C2%ADixed-race/321878451159708
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