03/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Obama Effect' Comes To Runway Model Castings

"Some casting sheets actually said 'No Blacks,"' the 19-year-old model Shawn Sutton was saying on Friday, backstage at the Duckie Brown show in the Bryant Park tent. He was referring to the model castings at the recent men's wear shows in Milan.

"It was pretty brutal and, yeah, it was racist," he added. "But things opened up a lot by Paris, so I paid it no mind."

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