Is The Fashion World Finally Getting Diversity? Hijab-clad Halima Aden, 73-year-old Benedetta Barzini, size 14 Ashley Graham – these are the women currently ruling the runways and magazine covers. But will it last? ELLE scrutinises the numbers and talks to the whistle-blowers.
Graham has gone on to become the rare model who is known by name well outside the insulated world of fashion. She is not a plus-size success story; she is, quite simply, a success. This is no small thing, either.
During the even more acutely difficult years, Kebede, Smalls, Chanel Iman, and Dunn triumphantly managed to hold the high ground as transcendent fashion personalities, but as was finally evident around the time of last season’s collections, the landscape has been changing, White says.
Activist Bethann Hardison, a model in the Seventies and later a model agent, was rewarded for her work in championing diversity by the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Her mantra is simple: ’Let the model model,’ she says.
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Feb 10, 2016 · Whether financial or cultural, or perhaps a mix of both, the stronger showing of diversity in fashion is no random coincidence. After years of discussion on the topic, the needle has failed to move significantly until now and hopefully even more so into the fall 2016 season and beyond.
Models of color—from Pat Cleveland and Beverly Johnson to Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede, Joan Smalls, and Jourdan Dunn, among others—have had a place in fashion since the sixties, of course. But progress in diversifying runways has been slow and at times has even run backward. Now a change seems to be at hand.
Is The Fashion World Ready For Diversity? it is! 2015 marked a new era in the fashion world, at least, for the models who walk down the runway. Last year’s runway could be summed up in two words: diversity and unconventionality. The industry is finally opening up to models who don’t fit the traditional mold of rail-thin Caucasian.
At fashion shows staged in the world’s four major fashion capitals, the vast majority of models walking the runway are white. There are, of course, designers like Riccardo Tisci and Tom Ford , who use a diverse range of models in their shows.
It’s certainly easier to see the lack of diversity here than it is within the industry as a whole — it’s in your face. This doesn’t mean it’s any easier to talk about . No one wants to hear a white woman “pretend” to get this struggle.