Bollywood Star Priyanka Chopra Is the First-Ever Indian 'Guess Girl'

Bollywood Star and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra will star in in the new Guess campaign, which will premiere in the December issues of Harper's Bazaar, Nylon, Paper, Marie Clare, Elle, and WSJ Magazine. Notably, she's the brand's first-ever Indian campaign model, which is a very heartening sign in an industry that… » 10/28/13 2:20pm 10/28/13 2:20pm

Jourdan Dunn Suggests That Some Designers Think Diversity Is a Trend

Racism on the Fashion Week runway is well-documented, and even though NYFW 2012 was the most diverse in ages, some shows still displayed a glaring lack of diversity. It’s a problem that everyone in and around the industry is (or should be by now) hyper-aware of. Maybe awareness is being raised, but, at the same time,… » 9/08/13 3:30pm 9/08/13 3:30pm

Dior's Couture Show Included Six Black Models (Finally)

For the first time since Raf Simons took over the design duties at Christian Dior, the brand has hired black models for its runway show. Six black models were cast in today's Dior couture show, one of the most highly anticipated fashion shows of the season. » 7/01/13 6:30pm 7/01/13 6:30pm

Prada Cast a Black Campaign Model for the First Time in 19 Years

Christy Turlington's inclusion in this fall's Prada campaign is the main focus of Women's Wear Daily's story on the new ads — but forgive us if we think the venerable trade is guilty in this instance of burying the lede. The real news here is that, for the first time since the fall of 1994, there's a black face of… » 6/28/13 4:00pm 6/28/13 4:00pm

World's Top Fashion Weeks Nearly 90% White

Kate Rushing, a contributor to StyleMinutes, a Web site devoted to fashion which also tracks models' appearances in runway shows, compiled data on the racial diversity of the big four fashion weeks. And in the season just ended, nearly nine out of ten models booked at New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks… » 3/12/13 4:10pm 3/12/13 4:10pm

Fashion Week's Models Are Getting Whiter

The Fall-Winter 2013 shows have just finished up in New York. This season saw 151 shows and live presentations during fashion week's eight days — making it the biggest and busiest NYFW we've ever covered. But it wasn't very racially diverse. » 2/18/13 4:40pm 2/18/13 4:40pm

New York Fashion Week Is the Most Diverse in Ages

Every season, we cover New York fashion week — the clothes, the money, the parties, the putative "trends." But we also cover the racial makeup of the casts of models high-profile brands select to walk in their fashion shows. » 2/17/12 6:49pm 2/17/12 6:49pm

The Impact Of Diversity On The Catwalk

Every season, New York fashion week comes around, giving us all endless opportunities to gawk at front-row celebrities and trends in the making. And every season, this website tracks the racial diversity — or, more bluntly, the lack thereof — on display among the models who are cast for the top shows. This season's… » 9/28/11 5:35pm 9/28/11 5:35pm

Italian Vogue's New All-Black Fashion Spread

For the first time since its famous all-black issue of July, 2008, Italian Vogue has printed a magnificent 17-page editorial, featuring twelve black models. The story is definitely reaching for a languid, finger-curled, Harlem Renaissance feeling. Let's explore. » 2/07/11 5:20pm 2/07/11 5:20pm

Fashion Week Diversity By The Numbers

In September of 2007, it was reported that of all the 101 shows that took place during New York fashion week, one third employed zero models of color. Since then, we've tried to track diversity on the runway every season. » 9/24/10 2:47pm 9/24/10 2:47pm