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PSA about Aravis

Okay, it’s time for me to address an issue in the Narnia fandom.

Aravis.

Calormens, their culture, ect. Is based in South Asian and middle eastern cultures.

Well, it’s based on “oriental” tropes which is a whole other issue that I won’t deal with right now.

But I get that we all live Aravis, and who wouldn’t? She’s spunky and fun and has amazing character development. She’s an awesome character.

And she is based in South Asian and middle eastern cultures.

please. PLEASE. Understand this.

You all make gorgeous edits of her and I love them.

But please understand that all poc aren’t the same.

I’ve seen Aravis fancast with African models, with Latinx models.

I know you probably mean well, that you don’t mean to do this.

And thank you for not whitewashing her.

But there are a whole host of Middle Eastern and South Asian models to choose from when making edits.

Choosing any poc for Aravis is insulting not only to Middle Eastern and South Asians but to all poc.

Thank you for your time.

Yes this is happening bc you can’t seem to understand the racism behind your actions. It’s literally BULLSHIT when you say that it’s really hard to find good pics. As if Bollywood actresses don’t exist. As if there’s no such thing as Middle Eastern and Arabian models. @jacontodd found 8+ pictures of brown models in less than 10 minutes, one of whom is a former Miss World.

ToG is literally filled with white girls and the one girl who happens to not be, you just have to “imagine” her as light skinned. That is racist. Instead of apologizing you just continue to make weak excuses for it.

My skin color is almost never in ya literature, or any literature for that matter. And if you think I’ll be fine with you taking the one poc of this book series and reimagining her as whiter, you’re very wrong. You used an East Asian for a canonically brown girl. Why not use a South Asian then (not that any ethnicity is interchangeable)?? You literally removed Nesryn’s brown skin just to fit your shitty pale aesthetic™

The fact that you went so far as to block me also says something. Can’t stand to be called out for something that you’re wrong about? Because that’s exactly what it is. It’s Blatant racism. I just hope that one day you’ll realize it too.

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I have amazing friends who help me finish photography projects at the last minute. This upcoming work will be comprised solely of people of color in every day/normal situations and occassions to positively portray us how we should be, while challenging notions, beliefs, and lack of representation in things of these natures.

Model : tumblr | instagram

Photographer : instagram | tumblr