Diversity on fashion weeks know small progress: 1/4th of the models still blank

The Fashion Spot makes every week a report of the diversity on the catwalk. We see a little progress, but unfortunately there is still a lot of work to be done. Find out which brands diversity is already high in commitment, and what on the knuckles should be.

Models present creations at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 Collection, presentation and listening party for the “The Life of Pablo” album during New York Fashion Week February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES of THE DAY – RTX26KFT © REUTERS

From Paris to Milan and from New York to London: the fashion weeks are the highlight of choice for many fashion lovers. The new collections are with much fanfare presented and the streetstylers pick up their most beautiful, the most eye-catching outfits at the top of the lot to be recorded on the sensitive plate.

Unfortunately, fashion week is not fully exploited for various beauty to celebrate. According to the Fashion Spot report, we see improvement compared to the previous editions, but are the white, young and slim models still in the majority.


New York was the most diverse city in the area of the origin of the models. What will not come as a surprise if you look at the countless different nationalities, the city populate. In the Big Apple was 31.9 percent of the models of a different origin than the caucasian race. Paris followed with 21.9 percent. London and Milan were all on place three and four. Most of the cities went ahead, but London was this season less diverse than during the previous season.


Average was less than 25% of the models during the fashion weeks in the four major cities of a different origin.

Average was less than 25% of the models during the fashion weeks in the four major cities of a different origin. 75.25% of the models on the catwalk was white. This can be seen as a small progress compared to SS16, then, 77.6% were white, and opposite FW15 then 80% of caucasian origin.

Most of the models with a different skin color than white were spotted at the fashion show Yeezy, the label of Kanye West. He sent only models of other origin the catwalk. Zac Posen chose for 87% non-white models and Chromat wins the third place (85%).

At Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garçons selected the casting agents, then again no single model of other origin. Balenciaga and Ann Demeulemeester had only one non-white model in their show.

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Body shape

In the field of plus-size, we saw a hefty decline. In all the big shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London, we saw only six plus-plusmodellen on the catwalk. During the SS16 shows, there were still fourteen, more than double.


In all the big shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London, we saw only six plus-plusmodellen on the catwalk.

In New York walked Denise Bidot and Sabina Karlsson in the show of Chromat. At Sophie Theallet were Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring contracted and for H&M Studio in Paris, walked Ashley Graham and Myla Dalbesio on the catwalk.

Of all the groups discussed here, were plus-sizemodellen the least represented during the fashion weeks.


Models that are older than the average model were more present this season. There were eleven older models enabled compared to five during SS16. From Veronica Webb to Pat Cleveland: these ‘older’ ladies were a nice addition to the modellencast of the FW16 shows.


Milan was the only city that this season is not only plus-size, transgender, or older model the catwalk sent me. The casting agents in the Italian city are aware of no evil when it comes to the diversiteitsproblematiek in the fashion world. Or they are aware of this, but sticking the head in the sand.

Andreja Pejic © Instagram/Andreja Pejic

There were a total of eight transgendermodellen identified in the three other cities. That is a little progress compared to SS16, then there are five transgendermodellen were cast.

H&M Studio created the most inclusive diversity this season: Andreja Pejic represented the transgendergemeenschap, there were plus-sizemodellen, older models and models of other origin. Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M, explained that diversity is, anyway, important for H&M and their latest collection revolves around the strength and beauty of women.

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