New York Fashion Week Was Chock-Full of White Models. Again.

Now that New York Fashion Week is over, we've crunched the numbers. Of the 142 shows out of the 184 that showed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014*, there were 4637 looks. Of those close to 5,000 looks, around 80 percent were modeled by white women. (80 percent. That's a number that, if you look at… » 9/17/13 3:40pm 9/17/13 3:40pm

Dior, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, YSL: Who's the Most Diverse?

We've written a lot over the years about the racial diversity of the American fashion industry — and particularly the diversity of the models cast to walk in New York fashion week — but less about the biggest brands headquartered in fashion's other three global centers: Paris, London, and Milan. With couture week… » 7/03/13 5:40pm 7/03/13 5:40pm

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

New York Fashion Week by the Numbers: More Models Of Color Are Working

New York fashion week wrapped up its Spring-Summer 2013 season with a whopping 143 shows and live presentations — more shows and presentations than we've ever had to cover during the eight seasons we've been compiling these runway diversity reports. (Back in February of 2009, there were only 116 shows.) As NYFW has… » 9/17/12 3:00pm 9/17/12 3:00pm

See Vogue Italia's First Black Cover Model In Four Years

Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls made the cover of Vogue Italia, which she called evidence that "dreams do come true" on Twitter. Smalls was the top black model at New York fashion week this season, and is the current face of Chanel. The cover editorial, which the magazine has been hyping with animated GIFs, looks like… » 2/27/12 2:20pm 2/27/12 2:20pm

Black Model Little More Than a Prop in Scottish Catalog

One of the many privileges that Peggy McIntosh identifies in her famous essay on "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" is that, as she writes, "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented." This statement resounded when I saw the images… » 2/07/12 5:45pm 2/07/12 5:45pm

Not Much Has Changed: The Faces In September Ladymags Are…

Nothing quite says "It's August" like sifting through the pounds and pounds of perfume-scented and white-washed pages from the September issues of the major women's magazines. Sure, Italian Vogue » 8/26/08 4:30pm 8/26/08 4:30pm came out with an "" issue in July, but even that success probably won't motivate the editors of American women's magazines…

New Documentary Examines The Absence Of Black Models On The Fashion…

BET aired a documentary last week called Fashion Blackout, which explored the barriers that black models have broken, the roles they've played in the fashion industry, and why the hell more of them haven't been on the fashion runways as of late. As to that last issue, well, the models interviewed, for the most part,… » 6/02/08 5:00pm 6/02/08 5:00pm