When it comes to the fashion industry, it's still working on being more diverse despite the recent achievement of the beautiful Ethiopian model Liya Kedebe who graced the May edition of Vogue Paris this year. Although people like Diane von Furstenburg and Iman, an iconic model, have tried to increase awareness on the lack of diversity in the predominantly-white industry, it's truly hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
Now, Nykhor Paul, a former refugee and a humanitarian, speaks out on the ongoing blind spot of the fashion industry:https://instagram.com/p/4zVonor-ox/?taken-by=nykhor
While some of us may not know what she's personally experiencing, we do see how fashion magazines have more white females than woman of color. According to thefashionspot.com,
"77.4% of the 618 models were white" in the 2015 Fall New York Fashion Week, and that's from all the shows combined. In addition, "black models only accounted for roughly 8.7%, followed closely by Asian models at 8.5%. Latina models only made up 3.5%. The remaining racial makeup consisted of Middle Eastern models and models deemed 'other,' or in this case, did not define themselves under one racial profile."
Famous model Iman, sums the issue perfectly:
"We have a president and a first lady who are black. You would think things have changed, and then you realize that they have not. In fact, things have gone backward."
While white models have been dominating the runways, to be more specific, the New York shows, since the 1990's, it would be nice to see different models for a change.
Don't you think so, too?