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79.98% of New York Fashion Week's Models Were White

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79.98% of New York Fashion Week's Models Were White


Long live Joan Smalls, who hails from Puerto Rico.

There's no hesitation in the following statement: The supermodel is back. While the supers of the 1990s were often bathed in an alluring, exclusive light, today's versions — Karlie, Cara, Joan, Jourdann, Hilary, etc. — are easily accessible thanks to their overflowing social media feeds. But according to Jezebel, there's a huge difficulty currently facing these ladies we know and love.

Of the 4,637 looks shown during New York Fashion Week's most recent Spring 2014 collections, around 80-percent (79.98, to be precise) were modeled by white women. The remaining 20-percent was comprised of 8.1-percent Asian women, 8.08-black women, and 3.19-percent Latina women. And as fashions change and styles update, those numbers have barely changed since 2008.

While some designers (Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Sui, and Zac Posen, for example) featured roughly 30-percent models of color, others (like Marchesa, Victoria Beckham, and Theyskens' Theory) had far from it — zero to three models per presentation. What do these all-white (or nearly all-white) ensembles say to not only their target demographic, but to the fashion industry as a whole? As Jezebel so aptly put it: "But when that exclusivity comes in the form of an all-white cast, it certainly looks like discrimination and racism, which should never be in style."

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