A Black model is speaking out after she says that she refused to wear "racist" monkey ears and lips during a runway show in New York.
"I stood there almost ready to break down telling the staff that I felt incredibly uncomfortable with having to wear these pieces and that they were clearly racist," Amy Lefevre, 25, told The Post. "I was told that it was fine to feel uncomfortable for only 45 seconds."
The show in question took place at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The model was asked to wear large, black, plastic monkey ears and big bright lips, which are a sex toy accessory on the runway, and chose to do the catwalk without them. In all of her four years of modeling, Lefevre says her experience with FIT has been the worst.
"I was literally shaking. I could not control my emotions. My whole body was shaking. I have never felt like that in my life," she said. "People of color are struggling too much in 2020 for the promoters not to have vetted and cleared accessories for the shows."
The institution has responded to Lefevre's claims:
"This program protects a student's freedom to craft their own personal and unique artistic perspectives as designers, to be even what some would consider to be provocative, so that they find that voice," FIT president Dr. Joyce F. Brown told The Post.
"However provocative design and fashion might be though, my commitment to ensure that people are not made to feel uncomfortable, offended, or intimidated is also of the utmost importance not only to me personally but to the college community as well. We take this obligation very, very seriously and will investigate and take appropriate action regarding any complaint or concern that is made in this situation."