Racism in the Fashion Industry
In a video series for Subjective, Supermodel Naomi Campbell sat down with Photographer Nick Knight and declared:
“I didn’t work 28 years for it to be a trend. That’s one of the things that keeps me wanting to work. I can’t duck out yet; I feel I still have to represent.”
With a career that spans many runways seasons, Campbell wants to see more women of color in the fashion industry. Campbell along with Bethann Hardison and Iman have championed for designers to cast more women of color. In fact, the women have band together to increase awareness about the lack of diversity through Balance Diversity. Balance Diversity provides guidelines for designers on how to incorporate racial diversity on their runways.
Per the site:
- Encourage the industry to be inclusive of racial diversity when preparing
casting of models for their company needs.
- Ask model agencies to include and send models of color when casting. Do
not assume agents will automatically do so. It’s good for them to hear the
interest and important to see what models of color are available.
- Request models of color every season and not be limited to Spring/Summer
collections and hesitate when it becomes to Fall/Winter collections.
- When speaking to model agencies suggest to them to scout for more models
of color encouraging a better selection.
- Be open minded to models of color. Make an effort to add diversity to
your lineup. It affects how we see things globally and how we are seen as
Hmmm..perhaps Teen Vogue referred to these guidelines when it casted three Black models for its August cover. While the industry has a long way to go before it is natural to see women of color strutting on the runaway, it appears to me that the industry is taking baby steps in the right direction to acknowledge the importance of diversity.
Check out Naomi’s full interview:
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