Fashion Week: Racial Diversity Still a Problem
According to a report into about the spring/summer 2016 fashion weeks, almost 80% of the models were white. Out of a sample of 4000 models chosen, who walked the runway, only 800 were not white. The remaining 3200 were white.
Out of the non-whites, the largest number of models were black accounting for almost 10.2 percent of the total while Hispanic models were at just 1.6 percent. Asian models were nearly 6.5 percent in total and “other” models—which included Indians and Middle Easterns—made up 2.3 percent of the total.
“It truly is disappointing that year after year the fashion industry continues to prove that it may be current in terms of looks on the runway but is not current when it comes to its old fashion vision on inclusion,” Chelsey Jay of Models of Diversity stated.
“It is so damaging to society that the industry still allows for white dominance on the runway,” she said. “People being fed this in media will, without even realizing it, in their mind place people of color on a lower platform than white people and that is just shameful.”
The struggle to have a more varied fashion industry is still going on and this year saw developments in the form of Ashley Graham’s lingerie show with curvy models walking the runway and Madeline Stuart, the 18-year-old with Down syndrome on the ramp, blowing away everyone’s mind.