Sudanese-Australian model Duckie Thot has had an amazing year, taking the modeling world by storm. Duckie's Barbie-like face and legs for days make her very memorable and will definitely leave you stunned.
First seen as a competitor on Australia’s Next Top Model in 2013, Thot is that rare runner-up who made the jump to a successful high-fashion career and is even more successful than that cycle's winner.
Her bubbly personality and beautiful dark skin have impressed the likes of Pat McGrath and British Vogue's Edward Enninful. She has also had memorable runway turns for Kanye West's Yeezy and Rihanna's Fenty x Puma collections. When she was brought to our attention, everyone called her The Black Barbie, and speaking to Paper, here's what she had to say about that tag:
"Those are some pretty high expectations! Barbie is this perfect thing that walks around all perfect and I'm definitely not perfect.
I'm so happy that people say that about me, because it's a lovely thing to be introduced to the world as Black Barbie. I will take the title."
Beyond being just a pretty face, Duckie is a huge advocate for inclusion and representation. This comes as no shock since these experiences will be personal to her as she is a black model in a predominantly white industry.
"It's not fun being bullied for something you can't control and to have a top model woman of colour who I thought encouraged acceptance and self love call me out for rocking my natural hair, isn't cool at all.
I think that within the industry there comes a lot of rules that models feel they need to play by, but I’m not about that. If you like what I’m doing, that is great, but if you don’t, that is a personal preference and it’s fine also. It’s important to find that balance and not take things too personally."
Through it all, Duckie has learned the most important thing is self-love and in a world where eurocentric beauty standards are prevalent, it is amazing for black people everywhere to see someone with dark skin thriving. We are looking forward to seeing more of her, and what she's working on next.