Australian Next Top Model’s Duckie Thot’s Posts About Being Bullied And Natural Hair
South Sudanese model Duckie Thot, a former contestant on Australia’s Next Top Model, wrote a candid Instagram post last week about what it’s like to deal with her natural hair in the fashion industry. The post has since received over 17,000 likes and 1,600 comments with people congratulating the model on her honesty and speaking out after model Winnie Harlow was said to aim a shady comment towards Duckie in a Snapchat post.
I remember shooting this Dinosaur Design campaign just before coming out here to the states. They called my agent at the time and asked if I was comfortable to shoot a campaign with my natural hair. She already knew what I was thinking but told me I needed to compromise sometimes. I won't lie, I was extremely hesitant. I've never really had a good experience with my natural hair and modelling in Australia before. I remember on top model on one of the episodes I had to cornrow my own hair. I was extremely upset and embarrassed that they "didn't know how" to cornrow my natural hair when at the end of the day that's their job. I sat in front of the mirror silently crying before my shoot doing my own hair, cameras rolling while all the other girls had hairstylists, shit scared I was going to get eliminated because a few "hairstylists" didn't know how to do their job. 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. Throw all the shade you want, but you played yourself with your cute little remark.
In the post, Canadian model and former America’s Next Top Model contestant, Winnie showed off her natural curls in an Instagram post. Winnie reportedly shared on Snapchat that she was worried about her hair, also adding one of Duckie’s campaign shots and captioning it with, “LMFAO! WHAT ARE THOOOOOSEEEEE cauliflower ass head.”
Duckie kept a graceful composure, stating in the post ”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. Throw all the shade you want, but you played yourself with your cute little remark.”
Winnie apoligised and said that the post was not aimed at Duckie, and was aimed towards Winnie’s sister, not Duckie.