Naomi Campbell and Iman Fighting for Diversity on the Runway – My Opinion on the Issue

I have not really thought about this, until I saw this video come up in my feed on Youtube, a couple minutes ago, that many of the designers at the Fall 2013 shows, lately have only been using white models, or one black model in their show. With Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, and Grace Mahary ranking up shows at Fashion Week, it’s still really depressing to me that at Louis Vuitton‘s Fall 2013 show, no black models were cast. As a blonde with blue eyes myself, and living in the Washington DC area, I have been given the gift to be able to be exposed to diversity at such a young age. I have friends of all races: Muslim, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and much more. I even have three cousins that are Columbian, one with a Columbian father, and the other two with a Columbian paternal grandmother. There is definitely beauty in every race that there can be. I believe that diversity is a very important part of our culture. I really believe that the runway needs to show the Beauty of all races, because I really believe that when there isn’t much diversity on the runways, girls that are of other races might feel insecure and put down, because the runway isn’t really showing the Beauty of their race. This should definitely be an issue that needs to be taken care of.
There have been some changes with diversity over the past five years with Liu Wen being the first Asian model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Show, and having Fei Fei Sun, Tao Okamoto, and Shu Pei follow in her footsteps. Just like there has been progression in the Runway diversity, I do believe that the Casting directors and Fashion Designers at Fashion Week will start to progress to a better, more diverse future on the Runway.
It would be really nice to see models of different races on the catwalk, as addressed by Naomi Campbell and Iman in this Youtube clip, interviewing the Supermodels from ABC News. You go girls!

DKNY 25th Anniversary Spring 2014 show

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Donna Karan kicks off her DKNY Spring 2014 25th Anniversary show, by giving all the guests some Karlie’s Kookies as they enjoy her fun and colorful show. Joan Smalls kicks off they show wearing denim overalls with a khaki jacket over it, for many more khaki and denim ensembles in the begging of the collection.

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Fun bright and pastel shades start to come into the collection, with flowy monochrmatic dresses in tangerine and black, and then going into pastels. My favorite was the aqua gown with a Sexy slit flown the middle, in a Chic unique sheer fabric.

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The hair & makeup look at DKNY was definitely one of my favorites: a slick, sporty ponytail, and a red lip.

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Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, and Rita Ora close the show in evening gowns, or a fun, Spunky outfit.

 

 

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Pictured: Joan Smalls, Esther Heesch, Kel Markey, Antoninia V., Marine Deeluw, Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, Rita Ora, and Donna Karan

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2014

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Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, known for their Beautiful, simple designs with many cutouts and styles that really flatter any women’s body, making her look instantly Sexy. The designers designed an array of Beautiful bodysuits, and Stunning dresses, as always with Stellar cutouts for Spring, in many neutral shades, sometimes even with a pattern. Pairing each look with black or white diagonal strapped pointed-toe shoes, which will definitely be extremely Iconic, come Spring.

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The hair was pulled back for a really Sporty, and slick ponytail, with a Smokey eye making a statement on the face.

 

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And in the end, Cushnie et Ochs sent their models down in Beautiful deep purple silk dresses. Having Victoria’s Secret Angel, Chanel Iman close out the show in a stellar evening gown.

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Pictured above: Karlie Kloss, Frida A., Chanel Iman, Manon Leloup, Carly Cushnie, and Michelle Ochs.