Recent studies have seen how, as newborns, we can recognize the different faces of any ethnicity and even the difference between one monkey and another. At nine months we completely lose this ability towards animals. Then we begin, slowly, to see great differences in the faces only in our ethnic group. Over time, the fewer people we see from other ethnicities in our daily lives, the less we are able to notice the differences.
This is why Caucasian adults often say that “Chinese or black people all look the same.” And viceversa! If you talk to a Chinese, he/she will probably tell you the same thing. This is why it is extremely important to accustom children to travel and see as many different ethnicities as possible. This, apparently, can help not develop racist feelings or fear of the different.
Clearly, children who already live in large multi-ethnic cities grow up more calmly towards the different than a child raised in the countryside who has traveled little.
It is therefore a question of culture and teaching.
We may be able to shape better future minds, with a little effort.
PHOTOGRAPHY, Style ALEX VAN DER STEEN c/o EEAGENCY
MODELS JENEBA & ELIZABETH c/o FEIGHT MODEL MANAGEMENT
HAIR STYLE, MAKEUP for JENEBA XIUYUN.YU c/o EEAGENCY
and for ELIZABETH ANNA K
POST PRODUCTION RETOUCH_KHAN
THANKS TO ALLARD STUDIOS & STUDIO ERNSTIGE ZAKEN