New York Fashion Week, Racist Runways, and Kimora Lee - Savior?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

On the heels of Naomi Campbell slamming magazines and the fashion industry again for not having diversity in their models (see here, here, here) saying:

“Black models are being sidelined by major modelling agencies. It’s a pity that people don’t appreciate black beauty.”

the industry again is getting heat during New York’s Fashion Week:

“At New York’s Fashion Week many top designers chose to employ one or two black models and a few Asians in shows and some had none, Reuters reporters who attended over 40 shows found. Blacks, and blacks in combination with another race, make up about 13 per cent of Americans, US Census data shows.” - MSNBC

Who bucked the trend though?

“Diane von Furstenberg and Baby Phat were among the few that had a more equal racial mix of models. At least half the models used for Baby Phat, which features Kimora Lee Simmons’ glitzy urban designs, were black or Asian.” - MSNBC