it’s new york fashion week and my limited research shows that runways are just as white as seasons before.
while models transcend racial lines, major fashion houses with the budgets and power continue to produce fashion shows with very limited diversity. janet mock’s new show soPOPular! tackled this issue with guests bevy smith and miss j. i loooooved bevy smith’s analysis and was happy to learn she’s a fashion og, having spent years as fashion director for both rolling stone and vibe magazine. bevy hit the nail on the head when she said, “if you don’t have diversity in your personal life, you certainly won’t have it on the runway.” i totally agree — we’re dealing not just with pretty clothes and artistic presentations, but a society built on white supremacy. the fashion industry isn’t exempt from this harsh reality.
check out janet’s interview with the fashion stalwarts here.
data from jezebel.com