Kate Middleton made her first official public appearance since it became possible to tell, albeit barely, by the shape of her body that she is in fact pregnant. She wore a dress by MaxMara and visited a hospital. (More on her and that Hilary Mantel piece later.) [Telegraph]
After the first issue of T, the New York Times' fashion magazine, edited by incoming editor Deborah Needleman was published, many readers noticed something curious: that it contained no images of people of color in any of its editorial photography or articles. All of the models were white, and all of the subjects were white. Prompted by the newspaper's public editor, Needleman said that the all-white issue was an oversight:
It was something I noticed and regretted as we were putting the issue together. We are a global magazine and so would like the content , subjects and geography of stories to reflect that. In coming issues, we cover the people and places of Seoul, São Paulo, Kenya, Bollywood actors, Nigeria, etc. A majority of fashion models are still unfortunately mostly white, but it is our aim to celebrate quality and beauty in all its diverse forms. We can and will aim to do better, but our goal is first and foremost to deliver the best stories we find, and it is my belief that quality and good journalism appeal to all of us regardless of our specific ethnic origins.
One reason we track racial diversity on the runway is that the models who get the most exposure in a runway season often become the models magazine editors and luxury brands look to when casting their editorials and campaigns. When the runways are mostly white, so are the magazines and the ads. It's a shame that this is still a problem we're wrestling with in 2013. [NYTimes]