“A girl from Vogue called my modeling agency wanting to know the background of Talisa Soto [pictured]. And I was so proud. I said, ‘Talisa’s Puerto Rican.’ The girl said, ‘No, I asked what her background was. Where is she from?’ I said, ‘She’s Puerto Rican.’ The Vogue girl goes, ‘Please have Alan [Bethann’s white business partner who helped her run her agency] call me.’ The girl wasn’t willing to accept that someone who looked like Talisa could represent Puerto Rico. She wanted someone who fit the white standard of ‘exotic.’”
– Bethann Hardison in our new episode of the What’s Underneath Project. For Bethann’s entire story, watch her video!