Cindy Bruna

by perez-richart on May 30, 2016

NEW YORK NY - NOVEMBER 13: Model Cindy Bruna poses backstage

Place of Birth: Saint-Raphaël, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Date of Birth: 27 September 1994

Ethnicity:
*Italian (father)
*Congolese (mother)

Cindy Bruna is a French model. She is known as the first Black model to be accorded a Calvin Klein exclusive. Her father is Italian, from Piedmont, and her mother is Congolese, from Brazzaville. Her parents met while her father lived in the Congo, and she grew up in France. Regarding her African heritage and how it is perceived in the modelling industry, Cindy has stated:

It’s not easy for black girls—everybody knows that. There are usually only three of us in a show at most. I never felt like I had to fight anything because of the color of my skin—it’s my skin, and I can’t change its color. But it’s also not easy because they only have a couple of spots for girls who are black. And then you wonder if they picked you because you are black. But I think it’s changing, and I’m happy to represent that.

Source: http://www.inoubliablemodelarmy.com

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Samiiraa September 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

It’s funny how “first blacks” are always biracial people. Please stop …

alexgxo December 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm

I first heard about her a couple of years ago being called a black model. One look at her and I knew she was mixed.

Now.. Maybe if she was 3/4 black+ I’d call her black because she’s end up looking mostly “black” and will be seen as such.. But this girl looks obviously mixed that it’s astonishing they called her black without mentioning her white side.

fuzzybear44 December 24, 2016 at 1:09 am

That’s because that’s how they see her. Also as you see, It’s how she ID’s herself

Quote(Maybe if she was 3/4 black+ I’d call her black because she’s end up looking mostly “black” and will be seen as such.. )

What if one or both of the a girls parents had Caucasoid phenotypes, and that was pass down to her, yet she still was only 25% white. Would you still call the girl black? I’m asking, because I know plenty of people you would swear were FGM’s, but are not. They just inherited traits from down the line. I’m just saying, because I see this all the time, and the girls always say they are black

alexgxo December 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Well she ain’t american and her mother is straight from Africa (not East/North Africa) so it’s very unlikely that she has that much if any caucasoid blood. Besides wouldn’t that esentially he mgm people in a nutshell? I guess that’s where it gets conflicting. But you are what you look like. Look at everyone judging Halsey whatever her name was..

But it’s weird. Its not just American biracials, even some european biracials seem to identify as black.

stlucas December 24, 2016 at 8:43 am

That’s because the “first black” statement doesn’t refer only to ethnicity, but social and economic conditions as well.

passingtime85 December 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm

It has to do with anti-miscegenation laws and stuff like the Jim Crow laws, especially the later adopted edict of the one drop rule. Anyone in the US with any African heritage for a long time was considered to be black in the eyes of the law. Many people still hold onto those old ideas of racial makeup.

fuzzybear44 December 27, 2016 at 1:41 am

But first off, she calls herself black. She has no American ancestry, so she was never exposed to the one drop rule, which by the way was rarely if ever really enforced. all a person had to do in the past,was moved to another state , and presto change-o they’re white. Also she’s not the first one to make that comment. If you ever listen to some of these biracial models, they don’t say it’s hard being a biracial model, they say it’s hard being a black model.

alexgxo December 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

I think it’s because of the whole stigma about being mixed. Being mixed is shoved down American throats as being superior yet many mixed people seem to talk about conflicting identity and all that mixed race tears.

So I guess mixed people just pick one side and go from there as seen in the case of a lot of mulatto children..

fuzzybear44 December 28, 2016 at 1:23 am

@alexgxo

Quote(So I guess mixed people just pick one side and go from there as seen in the case of a lot of mulatto children.. )

the way things are going, in the next few generations, every black person in this country genetically will be a mulatto. The funny thing is, that a lot of people around the world, look at all African Americans as mulattoes now.

fuzzybear44 December 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

well you should noted, that it’s not just black people that call those biracial people the “first blacks” . plus the “first blacks” anything are in most cases not biracial people but mgm’s

ArnyDiaz June 2, 2016 at 2:45 am

And because of her Italian heritage she has become a model, not because she is black.

fuzzybear44 June 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

It’s most likely a combination of both bloodlines, that got her notice

ArnyDiaz June 2, 2016 at 2:44 am

LOL, she does not even look black, she looks Hispanic.

alexgxo December 23, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Lol I saw her side profile and looked at more pics of her. Save for her skin tone and I assume natural hair texture most of her features lean towards the European side.

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