New York Fashion Week Had the Most Model Diversity Ever


The results are in, and the New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 shows were the most diverse yet―even without the usual boost from Yeezy. The Fashion Spot has released its annual report, and in a interesting bit of good news, every show featured at least two models of color—meaning that there were no all-white casts, even among the least diverse shows.

Out of the 94 New York presentations counted, 36.9 percent of models were women of color, 3.46 percent were plus-size, and 1.19 percent were transgender or non-binary. The shows with the most racially diverse casts included: Brandon Maxwell, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford, while those with the most size diversity included Torrid, Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Chromat.

TFS’ report is extensive, and goes further to break down intersectional diversity (such as noting that out of the 31 transgender or non-binary models cast, 10 were people of color), and also highlights the areas that still need work. For example, without Torrid’s show, the numbers of plus-sized models would be significantly lower. And there are still very few models over the age of 50 represented.

But all in all, diversity at NYFW is up across the board, and has hit a record high, proving that actively discussing the lack of diversity in fashion, and challenging designers to be more considerate of their casts has actually had a positive effect towards change. The numbers have yet to come in from London, Milan, and Paris, but hopefully inclusivity is increasingly a global priority.


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