Diversity in Fashion

Diversity in Fashion

For many years, the catwalk has been dominated by models with the smallest sizes. Young, tall and skinny were the keywords.  More recently, over the last few years, we have seen some change in this. More and more diversity colors the runways and campaigns. Painting a more realistic image of the diversity of women’s bodies.

If looking at the year 2017, there were more women in their 50’s and 60’s walking the runway than ever before. “In total, 21 models over age 50 walked the runways of New York, Paris, London and Milan, comprising 0.29 percent of all castings,” says theFashionSpot. Last season, Ashley Graham became the first plus-size model to walk in a Michael Kors show. Additionally, more women of color were seen during the fashion weeks. Also more plus-sized models were cast as well as transgender women although it has to be said this was just 0.43% of castings and 0.17% of castings.

Although there is still a long way to come, diversity has seen a great increase since the year 2017, that was named the most diverse fashion week ever. Former model and now the agent of a plus-sized model agency says: “There has never been a better time for body diversity in the modeling world. Within the current climate, conversations about size, representation, and the importance of inclusion loom large, and each year the amount of opportunities for models beyond a sample size seems to increase” (2018).

Written by Claire Boerma


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Okwodu, J. (2018, July 18). Body Diversity in Fashion: An Interview With Becca Thorpe of Muse Curve. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://www.vogue.com/article/muse-curve-becca-thorpe-interview-modeling-industry