Bethann Hardison to Win CFDA Award for Work Promoting Runway Diversity

Great news: the amazing and incomparable Bethann Hardison — former supermodel and agency owner, founder of the Balance Diversity campaign and outspoken critic of fashion's abysmal track record when it comes to showcasing diversity — will receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Founder's Award, which… » 3/12/14 5:00pm 3/12/14 5:00pm

Models Rally Behind the Cause of Fashion Diversity

Perhaps they've been fired up by the continually low numbers of non-white faces presented during this past New York Fashion Week, but models are particularly vocal right now about the lack of diversity in the fashion world. The latest is Jourdan Dunn, who told The Guardian that it's "lazy" for fashion editors to say… » 9/20/13 1:00pm 9/20/13 1:00pm

Iman and Naomi Campbell Fight Back Against Racism on the Runway

In what GMA is calling an "unprecedented" move, supermodels Iman, Naomi Campbell and Bethann Hardison are going after racism on the runway and publicly calling out the designers who fail to hire a diverse cast of models. While it's not actually unprecedented Jezebel's own Jenna Sauers and Dodai Stewart have been… » 9/09/13 3:25pm 9/09/13 3:25pm

Some Designers Still Don't Feel Like Using Black Models

New York Fashion Week may be over, but a few media outlets have kept an eye on how many black models walked in the shows, much like we did last season » 9/15/08 12:30pm 9/15/08 12:30pm. Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, sent a letter to designers, urging them to seek diversity when casting models. Reuters

The "All Black" Issue Of Italian Vogue: Both A Success And A Failure

It's official: The "all black" issue of Italian Vogue » 7/31/08 1:20pm 7/31/08 1:20pm is a hit. According to magazine's Jeff Israely, "After the original run of the July issue sold out in the U.S. and U.K. in 72 hours, Italia has just rushed to reprint 30,000 extra copies for American newsstands, another 10,000 for Britain and 20,000 more in…

Modeling Matriarch Continues To Demand Diversity On The Runways

Last night, five months following her first event about the lack of diversity in fashion, model-agency owner Bethann Hardison held a similar gathering with the stated goal of examining why models of color are in such short supply on the fashion industry's runways and magazine editorials. (The attention to the issue… » 1/24/08 12:00pm 1/24/08 12:00pm