Chrissy Teigen hasn’t ever been afraid to be upfront about what’s on her mind (it’s one of the many reasons why we love her), and last night at the Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 launch party, she had some important points to make about diversity in the modeling industry. Namely, the lack thereof—especially when it comes to Asian models and actors.
Teigen, as E! reports , is of Thai, German, and Norwegian heritage, and she talked about how her own background contributed to her experience as a model. “I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models, and I think Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry, especially on the runways or in magazines,” Teigen said.
She also spoke about the need for Hollywood to diversify casting, an issue that became starkly visible after last year’s #OscarsSoWhite reaction to a slate of Academy Award nominees that excluded people of color for the second year in a row—as well as the need to stop casting minority actors in stereotypical or token roles. “I think it’s really important to start embracing people…seeing them in roles that are not necessarily ‘That Asian Girl’ or ‘That Asian Boy,'” Teigen said.
The dearth of Asian actors is so glaring, she also remarked, that “in movies you’re like ‘Oh, this Asian girl is dating this white guy’—I want that to be normal,” Teigen told E! . Yes, please!
Of course, the Twitter queen has used her 4.24-million-follower-strong platform to comment on the issue before:
Here’s to hoping that this year’s Oscars are the beginning of a new phase in diversity (although it still has a long way to go in some areas). Until then, here’s to more representative diversity in all roles: on screens and in runway shows, big and small.