Daeberethwen Arbenlow is one of Second Life's most popular fashion bloggers, and she recently noticed a curious but disturbing thing: Her fashion photos with darker skinned avatars consistently get much less Favorites on Flickr than her photo shoots with lighter skinned avatars. This recent spread, for instance, got nearly ninety favorites:
This one below, however, got nearly two hundred:
She started thinking about this contrast after a fellow avatar fashion blogger brought it up to her:
"[She] is a woman of color and she was telling me that it is really hard for women of color to get picked up as bloggers and that the darker her skin is in pictures, the less faves they get," Ms. Arbenlow remembers.