A client at a local magazine was looking for more ethnic diversity on their monthly covers. They approached me about photographing a cover for them.
Client: So far our covers have featured only white people and our sponsors want to see more diversity What can you do about that?
Me: Sure, I have numerous models who come to mind who would work great for this.
I book an Asian model who does an amazing job and looks gorgeous. I present the images to the magazine.
Client: This isn’t right.
Me: What’s wrong?
Client: Her teeth aren’t right, one of them is crooked.
I fix the tooth and resubmit the image.
Client: There’s still a problem.
Me: I fixed her tooth. What else is wrong?
Client: Listen… she isn’t black.
Me: I noticed that. What’s the problem? You said ethnic diversity. The model is Asian.
Client: Yes, but when we said “diversity” we meant black people.