This is just one instance, but we know this happens all the time. It’s disappointing to say the least. Not only are you forgotten at band launch, but it seems you’re not invited to be a part of the band at all. We rarely see women with darker skin tones or curvier body types represented and catered for at band launches or even for costumes in general. However, when you hit the road for carnival we see women of all colours, sizes, shapes and age enjoying and playing mas. So how is it that there is such a misrepresentation at the band launch stage?
Now let’s move to after carnival, Instagram now has a huge part to play in the depiction of carnival. So, it’s a shame that we see the exact same misrepresentation. Of course, we see pictures of beautiful women and we don’t wish to knock these women, however it’s clear to see that these women all have something in common. They’re around the same age, have the same hourglass figure and skin tones remain in the same sort of range. So, as someone new to carnival wanting to get involved and from band launch to after carnival you saw the same type of image, which you didn’t feel you fit into, wouldn’t that make you weary of getting involved? But of course, those who are seasoned masqueraders know that this is a huge misrepresentation of carnival.