New York Fashion Week still lacks diversity when it comes to body diversity and racial diversity. The Gloss reported the not so shocking news on Feb. 12. There are hardly women of color on the runways. Most of the models are thinner than the average women.
According to Jezebel, at least 80 percent of runway models are white. This includes the models seen in the fall/winter 2013 collections. There is also a lack of body diversity on the runway.
The fashion industry feels that there isn't a need for body diversity. They say that the runway shows are about the clothes and not about the models. The models serve as human "clothing hangers" for the clothing they walk down the runway in.
Plus, there's the age-old argument that taller, thinner women look better in designer clothing. Runway models don't detract attention away from the clothing they wear.
Still, some women would like to see average sized models at New York Fashion Week. They wish that designers would design clothing made for a size 10 or size 14 woman. They also believe that women of color should be represented more in the runway shows. This would bring some much needed realism to a typical time at Fashion Week.
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