Mari Malek: Modeling, Motherhood & Making a Difference

Actress Mari Malek poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Nile Hilton Incident," at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Modeling is an industry that often reflects the epitome of Western ideals; the “traditional” supermodels are often white, skinny, not disabled, and cisgender. Even if models outside of the traditional scope are used (every now and then), problems such as colorism, ableism, fatphobia persist. However, as time goes on, new faces emerge on the modeling scene, like Mari Malek Mbaye.

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