Dove model insists she is not victim amid racism row

Dove is facing a boycott of its products

Dove is facing a boycott of its products

Days after Dove got dragged to hell and back for a questionable and racially tone deaf ad, the Black model in the campaign is speaking out. She validates their feelings and finds a common ground to build on, so they are more willing to listen.

Ogunyemi said that she sees how people could be offended and hurt by this ad, especially because of the history of racist ads in which dark skin was seen as "dirty" and even now, when women with darker skin are used in skin lightening ads. Adding fuel to this fire is the fact that Dove were previously embroiled in a very similar controversy in 2011 where a black women was depicted in a "before" picture and a white woman was shown in the "after" picture.

Ogunyemi could have immediately given public comment. Tell us how you feel. United was nailed after the violent removal of a passenger from one of its planes made endless rounds on social media. She said she never would have participated if she thought it offensive.

Dove apologized Saturday, saying it "missed the mark" but didn't explain what its original intentions for the ad were.

"There were seven of us in the full version, different races and ages, each of us answering the same question: 'If your skin were a wash label, what would it say?'" explained Ogunyemi. In the three-second video, a black model takes takes off her shirt and is then transformed into a white woman.

'If I had even the slightest inclination that I would be portrayed as inferior, or as the "before" in a before and after shot, I would have been the first to say an emphatic "no".

"Again, I was the first model to appear in the ad, describing my skin as '20% dry, 80% glowing, ' and appearing again at the end".

"The original ads came out about a month and a half ago, I shared them with my friends and family and everyone loved it so it was kind of a whirlwind on Sunday when I found it". For the most part, what went viral was her morphing into a white woman.

In the video, she would eventually lift up her shirt to reveal a white-skinned woman, which reports reveal have upset many people.

The model said she can understand how the images have been misinterpreted, considering the fact Dove have faced a backlash in the past for the same issue.

This repressive narrative is one I have seen affect women from many different communities I've been a part of.

"While I agree with Dove's response to unequivocally apologize for any offense caused, they could have also defended their creative vision, and their choice to include me, an unequivocally dark-skinned black woman, as a face of their campaign".

While Ogunyemi has taken a stand against the controversial ad, she revealed she had a positive experience working with Dove: "I had an unbelievable time on set".

Balancing the power of emotions, reason and empathy to reach others-and also to make sure your voice is heard.

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