New York Fall 2011 Fashion Week Lacked Diversity- Nearly all Models Were White
Jezebel has just proved what many editors whispered at the conclusion of New York’s Mercedes-Benz fashion week – where were the ethnic faces? Many editors, myself included, observed and were disappointed with the season’s lacked of diversity. Take for example Christian Siriano, who often has a slew of diverse models, had virtually no women of color walking this show this time around. Sadly he was not alone, as a result this fashion week was overwhelming white.
According to Jezebel, “New York fashion week featured 137 designer runway shows and presentations, and 5,269 different fall outfits were presented to the world’s retailers and press. Of those 5,269 looks, 4,468 — an overwhelming 84.8% — were modeled by white women. 801 of those looks were given to models who aren’t white. Black models were used 384 times. Asian models were used 323 times. Non-white Latina models were used 79 times. Models of other races only made it onto the runways of New York City — one of the most racially diverse places on this planet — 15 times.”