Thursday, April 20, 2006

Gap or No Gap?


I was watching ANTM last night…texting Jessica who was in class and needed updates. When Tyra Banks said something kind of disturbing to me. There’s a contestant named Danielle, who has a gap in her teeth. Not a huge gap…no ‘next tooth three mile’ signs. Just a noticeable gap that has not hindered any of her photos so far. (I would say Danielle is one of the front-runners).

So Tyra sends all the girls to get their teeth whitened and whatnot, and the dentist wants to close up Danielle’s gap. She says no. Tyra says, “Do you think you can be a Cover Girl with a gap?” Danielle says, “Why not?”

I don’t have a gap. But I don’t think there is anything wrong with Danielle’s. It is a part of her individuality, probably something that took years for her to accept. And now Tyra wants her to close it up?

Don’t these image and fashion forward folks know that in African cultures gaps are considered beautiful…dare I say sexy. In America, Black people with gaps are finally coming to a place of acceptance after years of looking at their teeth as an imperfection.

Do you think someone told Queen Latifah, “Do you think you can be a Cover Girl being overweight…or a rapper?” Do you think somebody told Tyra, “Do you think you can be a Cover Girl with that big forehead?” Or being Black? Or having a mole like Cindy Crawford?

I would think Tyra would be a little more culturally sensitive to the matter. I mean, maybe something cosmetic like a gap isn’t a good look in modeling. But she could have at least mentioned the cultural significance. Are gaps (like moles) accepted in the mainstream? And if not, then why not?

And while I’m barking about Tyra (a chica I absolutely adore, by the way), she is being way harsh toward Jade. Lots of people don’t like Jade, but what more can she do? The judges think she’s fake? Being a model is being an actress…so does that mean she’s the second worse one of the lot? Not when she’s winning challenges. Get down Jade, go head get down. You are doing your thing girl!

Song For Today: Yes Sir by Jerreau (check it out at his MySpace page)

CD Review: Of Dialated Peoples' new joint...check it out!

Tonight: Duh! I’ll be at Oldfield’s on High getting my “Shine” on with the mucho talented Elevator Music crew (see more details below).

My Horoscope For Today:
There is apt to be a powerful aggression to the day that may leave you feeling like you want to declare war on everyone you meet, Donna. You may get the feeling that everyone else is completely off their rocker and that you are the only one who really knows what is going on. Be aware of misinformed people and false information. Wars could erupt over facts that seem true at first but are actually just someone's misguided dreams. (say word)

11 Comments:

At 3:12 PM, Blogger BBB_0202020 said...

I love danielle (should be n the top 4) and tyra should be ashamed of herself because she still hasn't gotten over her own forehead. Do you think you can be a covergrl with your fivehead, Tyra? Dang money sure make people forget themselves!!! i thnk the top 4 should be, joannie, jade, danielle, and i hate to say it furonda. I thnk mght actually win she would be the first blonde to take it!

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger BBB_0202020 said...

i meant i think joannie would win, sorry!

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger DM said...

Yeah, Joannie could win...and would be the first mainstream, typical looking model to win, I guess you could say...

Yeah, who says Danielle can't be a trailblazer and make the gap mainstream? That could be her ticket to the top! I think that photo above is gorgeous...and if you don't mention her gap...I bet people wouldn't bring it up!

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger GC (God's Child) said...

I love to see people with gaps. The only famous ppl I can think of are Madonna, Lauren Hutton, and Jason Priestly. They all look good with their gaps. Some of my best friends have gaps and I think they are so cute. Tyra can go mind her business.

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger GoddessNoir said...

I was thinking the same thing about how Tyra addressed Danielle. If I'm not mistaken, wasn't there a model back in the day, I think Lauren Hutton (something like that) who had a gap? It can be done.

I had a boyfriend who had a gap and I loved it on him, and you're right, he did have a bit of an issue with it.

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger MrsDawsondn said...

I totally agree with you I was thinking the same thing watchin the show like ok tyra how can you down her for having a gap when your forehead is your signature. I know that are wrong for that. And thanks for stopping by!

 
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