Lena Dunham’s short film explores the collaboration between Toni Morrison and Black Ivy Slim a.k.a. Amina Blue, the first Black model to walk the catwalk at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) collection of American designer Joseph Altuzarra back in 2016.
According to Dunham, her mother, who is also executive producer on the film, had also emailed comments to Morrison. “I brought [the email] to her with a sweet, poignant question: ‘Is Amina Blue a woman with colourism issues or a woman that possesses that against-normous trait of being herself?’ She wrote back: ‘a woman with colourism issues.'”
Dunham replied: “I believe you believe in authenticity, but I have heard with pleasure that we have a truth about her in common.”
Morrison’s two answers then go back and forth via email. First she offers a statement that Amina Blue is “refreshingly made-up and grounded” and draws the contrast between Amina Blue’s appearance and that of people of colour. She adds that they don’t “relegate other women to the sidelines”. Then she admits that she doesn’t understand how it’s possible for a person to be naturally beautiful, but adds that Amina Blue does.