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Black TikToker says white model told her to ‘Lawyer up’ via video

A model posted a TikTok denounced the fashion industry’s body standards in October allegedly threatening legal action against a black TikToker who made videos outlining her privilege as a woman of skin White.

The first video, which has since garnered more than 28.7 million views, shows Anna Gantt tearfully talking about her traumatic experience with a casting director and producer. She explained on TikTok that they told her to lose weight in two months. Wiping away tears, she said she has been a model since 2014 and used to be size 0/2. Now, she says she is a size 4/6 and healthy, after previously suffering from an eating disorder.

Shortly after Gantt posted this, TikTok user Sevyn Sativa (@sevynsativa) replied to the video and opened their commentary by expressing sympathy for Gantt’s experience. She later said, “Women of color, especially Black women, have been addressing this problem in this industry for years. Notice how you as a white woman were able to use this app and let us know your experience, getting over 10 million views, 2 million likes and over 30,000 comment with instant feedback. ”

Sativa said that Gantt received the modeling contract “immediately” after the video was uploaded. She points out that many models of color do not receive a positive response when they present unfair or unfair industry standards.

Recently, Gantt made a deleted video and claimed that the two creators referred to her as “a fat person, a white supremacist, a racist”. Gantt’s deleted TikTok doesn’t directly mention Sevyn but appears to refer to a video of her discussing privilege. Sevyn denied calling Gantt anything and explained that her original video was meant to point out the systematic oppression of marginalized communities in the modeling industry.

Gantt claims in the deleted video that “she did not take any legal action.” However, in a statement to the Daily Dot, Sevyn said Gantt left a deleted comment on Sevyn’s video saying,It’s no surprise that you didn’t mention the 2 death threats that I got directly traced from your previous video. Better lawyer up. Sevyn also said Gantt blocked her.

Sevyn said that Gantt has not privately messaged her about any legal action.

“I don’t know what’s going on with that, but I know the whole thing is ridiculous, at least,” says Sevyn.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Gantt and her modeling agency for comment.


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* First published: December 21, 2021, 10:41 a.m. CST

Moses Mendez II

Moises Mendez II is a recent graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He’s a freelance journalist based in New York City, writing about everything from music to LGBTQ issues.

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