Fashion week may have been heavily white (much like always), but that doesn't mean certain non-white models didn't get plenty of opportunities to work it on the catwalk. Here are the top models of color at the just-ended New York fashion week.
Click any image to enlarge. Isabella Melo, left, was once again NYFW's most-booked non-white Latina model. She did 16 shows and presentations, including Cynthia Rowley, pictured. Next was Brazilian newcomer Marina Nery, center, whose 11 shows included Nicole Miller (pictured), Cushnie et Ochs, and Rachel Zoe. Elsa Castellon was third, with eight shows, including Wayne (pictured) and Costello Tagliapietra.
Amanda Queiroz (left) booked six shows, including Jen Kao (pictured); Daiane Conterato (center left) did seven, including Zac Posen (pictured); Wanessa Milhomem (center right) did six, including Yeohlee (pictured); Daniela Braga (right) did five, including Brood (pictured).
Among Asian models, Chinese supermodel Liu Wen (center; the first Asian woman to become a face of Estée Lauder) continued to dominate the runways. She walked in 20 shows, including Rodarte (pictured). Shu Pei Qin (right) was a close second with 17, including Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti (pictured), while Mengyao "Ming" Xi (left) did 15, including Richard Chai (pictured).
Sung Hee (center) did 13 shows, including Marc by Marc Jacobs (pictured); Xiao Wen Ju (left) did 14, including DKNY (pictured); Lina Zhang (right) did 14, including Proenza Schouler (pictured). Three models of Asian descent — Sui He, Lily Zhi, and Mackenzie Hamilton — did 12 shows each (not pictured).
Puerto Rican Joan Smalls (center right) was fashion week's top black model, with 20 shows (including Ralph Lauren, pictured). Next was Cora Emmanuel (right) who this season had the distinction of being the only black model (in fact, the only non-white model of any race) to walk for Calvin Klein (pictured). Angolan Maria Borges (left) walked in 15 shows, including Costello Tagliapietra (pictured), Nicole Miller, and Theyskens Theory. Zimbabwe-born Nyasha Matonhodze (center left) also booked 15 shows, including Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta (pictured), and Prabal Gurung.
Jourdan Dunn (center) did 13 shows, including Jason Wu (pictured). Jasmine Tookes (right), who was Calvin's Single Black Model last season, was not cast in that brand's fall show — but she did walk in 13 other top shows, including Carolina Herrera (pictured). Nur Hellmann (left) did 12 shows, including Rachel Comey (pictured).
Some of fashion's most prominent models of "other" races — like Moroccan Hind Sahli, Tunisian Hanaa ben Abdesslem, and Tara Gill (who is partly of First Nations Canadian descent) — all apparently did not do shows in New York this season. But there were still a handful of "other" models who worked consistently and well. The top not-black-not-white-not-Latina-not-Asian model at NYFW this season was Australian-born Shanina Shaik (center), who (fresh from her turn in the Victoria's Secret fashion show) walked in eight of the top shows, including L'Wren Scott (pictured); Shaik is of Pakistani and Saudi Arabian heritage. Yasmin Bidois (right), who is part New Zealand Maori, did six, including Christian Siriano (pictured). Nastasia Ohl (left) — who is of mixed black, Chinese, and European ancestry — did four shows, including Tracy Reese, Nicholas K, and Steven Alan (pictured).