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.
Possible reasons Fern Mallis looked so dang heartbroken at the Hervé Leger show: 1. The lights were hurting her eyes. 2. Max Azria strangled her puppy with a yard of industrial-strength elastic. 3. She was looking for black models.
After tracking diversity on the runways for several seasons, we took off last September because we thought the fashion industry was finally coming to its senses. Models of color were getting booked! How disappointing, then, to tally this season's numbers.