Model Amelia Gray Hamlin, daughter of Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, found herself under public scrutiny on Friday following the release of her post-holiday photos, as Instagram users flocked to her comments to signal her tone of skin noticeably darker than usual.
Many accused her of what is known as “black fishing.”
Black fishing, a concept coined by black culture writer Wanna Thompson, is a subset of cultural appropriation and just one of many forms it can take. It is essentially “fishing” people to believe that you are black when you are not, whether online or offline, for profit, be it socially or financially. This, along with the other forms of cultural appropriation, allows a more privileged person to essentially capitalize on historically oppressed groups.
Can we start a thread and post all the white girls dressing up as black women on Instagram? We are going to air them because this is ALARMING.
– I want vision (@WannasWorld) November 7, 2018
Black fishing can include “white women who, through their Instagram accounts, have faked and modeled the black aesthetic” by darkening their skin, exaggerating their lips, wearing hairstyles created by black people, adopting certain styles of clothing, or posing as a sociologist racially ambiguous. Jessie daniels, author of Cyber racismhe told Yahoo Life in July.
But in response to the backlash, Amelia says, “There is no self tanner involved. Or the intention to look darker than my own natural skin color.”
The commenting feature has since been disabled on its post, but the photo, which has now garnered more than 31,600 likes, remains. In her current Instagram story, the model, who first acknowledged the allegations before denying them, wrote: “I have been told that I am ‘black fishing’ – Thank you all for educating me on this topic.”
The 19-year-old is not the first celebrity to be charged with it, as both Kylie Jenner and Arianna Grande have been reported for similar crimes. Daniels had pointed out that black fishing is now popular with celebrities, as they tend to “play with black culture, not only in an appreciative way, but in an appropriate way … some of them even lie about their identity” .
But despite looking darker than it had been in the photos she had previously shared, Amelia explained: “I recently went on vacation in the sun and with my Italian heritage I tanned very easily… I had a lot of fun creating this look unintentionally. malicious. or offense. “
Still, not everyone believes it.
When Amelia Gray Hamlin issues that little BS Notes app apology, everyone can do whatever they want with her, but I’m not falling in love. She knew what she was doing pic.twitter.com/mDq9adfhes
– King Tre (@NewSeasonTre) February 26, 2021
Everyone tells Amelia Hamlin that she’s fishing and that she just says “thank you but no :)” it’s so crazy it’s almost funny
– kimberly (@kimmyshoemaker) February 26, 2021
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