Fashion Weak

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Editorial assistant Maria tallied up the models of color at Paris Fashion Week, and, much like New York, London and Milan, the runways were pretty white. Here are how some of the most influential designers cast their shows: Ann Demeulemeester: 29 models, all white. Balenciaga: 34 models; 2 dark-haired Spaniards, zero black, zero Asian. Celine: 42 models; 1 Asian, zero black. Chanel: 36 models; 2 Asian, zero black. Chloe: 28 models; 2 Asian, 1 dark-haired Spanish, zero black. Christian Dior: 58 models; 1 Asian, 1 black. Christian Lacroix: 30 models; zero Asian, zero black, 1 indigenous Brazilian. Jean Paul Gaultier: 36 models; 2 Asian, 2 black, 1 Latina (Omahyra). John Galliano: 52 models, 1 Asian, 1 black. Louis Vuitton: 49 models; 2 Asian, 2 black, 1 indigenous Brazilian. Vivienne Westwood: 25 models; 2 Asian, 5 black, 1 Latina. Yohji Yamamoto: 25 models, 1 Asian, zero black. Junya Watanabe avoided the blatant runway racism by covering all his models' faces with pieces of black fabric. That's one way to deal with it!

[Image from Vivienne Westwood's show via Getty.]

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@maria-mercedes: yeah, but if the point is to encourage the use of "Latina" models, it shouldn't matter what they look like, it should just matter that they are working. i mean, latina is latina. Would you then included a non-hispanic model who had brown hair and olive skin in the tally?

I know soooo many people who are told they don't "look" hispanic b/c people want to define you by what is portrayed in the media. Why not encourage the perception (which is still a shock to many Americans) that not all hispanics have the same look? (Have you seen Elizabeth: The Golden Age? Por el amor de dios!)

My point is that, beauty-wise I don't think that just being dark-haired and olive skinned alone is considered something to overcome. Indigenous latin americans are not represented AT ALL!