Can We Get A Woot Woot: NYFW Had More Models Of Color Than Ever
For the eighth season running, the Jezebel gals have been painstakingly compiling data on the diversity of models on the runways at New York Fashion Week, and we're pumped to report that the spring 2013 season was the most racially diverse to date.
Here's a quick synopsis of the uplifting news: "This season proved to be the most racially diverse that we have ever counted. For the second time ever (and the second season in a row), white models actually comprised just less than 80 percent of the total model pool. Contrast that with the 87 percent of all runway spots that were given to white models in Fall-Winter 2008, when we began keeping track of models and race at NYFW ... again this season, the second largest ethnic group on the runway at fashion week was Asians — Asian models got 476, or 10.1 percent of all the runway looks. Black models nabbed 383, or 8.1 percent. Non-white Latina models were used 88 times, or 1.9 percent. And models of other races wore 25, or 0.5 percent of all looks."
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Are we still light years from fair racial representation on the runways? For sure. A ridiculous 6 percent of shows had entirely white casts — but Jezebel says published reports say about 33 percent had all white casts as recently as 2007.
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It is absolutely worth checking out the brilliantly researched charts and graphs over at Jezebel, then weighing in with a woot woot or your own 2 cents here. Do you think the year-over-year increase in models of color on the runways is a positive sign of where we'll be in a decade? Is fashion finally realizing that beautiful women come in every shade of flesh in the human rainbow? What do you think of this season's statistics? Discuss!
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