Melbourne:  In another incident of racial slur, an Indian-origin model accused a modeling agency of Australia for discrimination.

A local daily on Wednesday reported that the 25-year-old model, Kema Rajandran, was told by a Perth-based modeling agency that her work chances were "limited" in the country because she was not a Caucasian.

After living and working as a model in the UK for two years, Rajandran e-mailed a short biography and photos to Chadwick Models in Perth recently, and was "truly disheartened" at the response she received a short time later.

"We think you are very photogenic and would be suitable for our Casting Division," the email from the academy coordinator read. "Please note that as you are of non-Caucasian heritage, your work opportunities in Perth would be extremely limited."

Rajandran said given the "extremely multicultural society of Australia", she was shocked at the response, and hoped that by her speaking out about it, the practice of culling models based solely on their appearance would change.

However, Chadwick's Perth manager Tanya Muia has countered the model’s accusation saying that they were simply relaying her chances of finding work in a tight Perth modeling market.
Muia said, "We are not discriminating in any way. We represent every culture out there”.

Equal Opportunity Commissioner of the modeling agency Yvonne Henderson said while she could not comment specifically on Rajandran's case, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee either at the workplace or in the recruitment process based on their race.

 

(Agencies)