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SCOOP DU JOUR: THE INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO THE DIVERSITY ISSUE

Baby Woman, Naomi Campbell right at the very start of her career. She gave it from Day 1 no?Baby Woman, Naomi Campbell right at the very start of her career. She gave it from Day 1 no?

First off, kudos to Bethann Hardison for her passionate advocacy of diversity in the modeling industry. Credit too is due to the NY Times staff of style writers, from Guy Trebay through to Cathy Horyn who have been blunt in their perception of that lack of diversity in the fashion industry . A quiet respect is due to several very influential editors in the industry who have been using their power and access to negotiate an increased visibility for black models in the big corporate books. CFDA president, Diane von Furstenburg has also used her power to effect a shift in the booking policies of several magazines and editors. The upshot? Expect a rush of editorials highlighting the presence of black models in several of the blue chip books we all follow so avidly. The ne plus ultra this weekend is a convergence of some of the most fantastic black models ( past and present ) for a shoot that promises to be a definitive visual extravaganza . It could mean a serious blue chip cover. Or two. Stay tuned .

Fashion's Dark Secret

In light of all the controversy lately, this new article is one of the most powerful pieces about Fashion and Racism I've ever seen written:

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/beauty/article3883269.ece

Stop and Listen

"What major campaigns are these exactly? GAP? Hardly major if you ask me. And Hye Park is the only one that walks Balenciaga/Prada/Burberry. And even then, no way is she or Du Juan a "bigger" star than Chanel Iman."

I'm not saying that Asians don't have it bad. They definitely do. ALL of the minorities do in the modeling industry. But if Blacks models were given the same opportunities as Asian models, then when Jourdan Dunn did Prada this season it wouldn't have gotten the same coverage as Miley Cyrus and her Vanity Fair pictures (exaggerating).

Nor was I pitting the two diversities against each other. But just let the black models have their moment in peace without all of this unecessary hating because this Vogue Italia issue I believe will open the doors for ALL ethnicities because of its boldness. This upcoming issue just isn't about black people it's about diversity in general. Period.

Stop and Listen

AGREEEED!

I actually think the fashion

I actually think the fashion industry is awesome in seeing all different kinds of beauty, from the awesome feirce proud beauty of Alex Wek, to the quirky androgyny of Agyness.. to the scrappy little waif in kate Moss, the gorgeous Amazon in karolina Kurkova.. the little doll face of Devon Aoki... the vava voom sexy girl in Lara Stone.. the freckled Red-head of Cintia Dicker...the cool girl Irina... the all round nice girl of Chanel Iman... I could go on.... fashion celebrates and has celebrated such different girls...I just don't see any generic formula for beauty...

Quote from Nick Knight

The leading British photographer Nick Knight says: "The fashion industry and the advertising industry are steeped in racism. You just have to look around at the number of black girls you see in ads – virtually nil. Among the main fashion brands, they are completely under-represented. It's shocking and atrocious.

Great article in the INDEPENDENT: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/news/black-is-finally-in-fashion-at-vogue-816213.html

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Talk about..

Talk about hot topic!
This one generated some serious feedback.
I agree with most of what has been said. Finally all of the struggles and injustices are truely coming into light. I remember, over the past couple years of fashion, the way black women seemed to dwindle..to me, it came to a point where we'd be lucky to see Liya as much as we used to. The industry has been especially unkind to black male models, which is why Sean Combs did what he did. The rubric for what is accepted as male beauty does cause a bit of heart ache. And alot of people seem to miss the fact that what's accepted in the fashion industry, as far as human beauty, dictates the mind set of our culture at large. It's very unfortunate that a particular poster failed to see that. Fashion and the world in general, needed a serious wake up call, of which is ringing off the hook right now.
And to reiterate a couple of points. Yes, hopefully this won't be just a moment in time, because some "angry" folk wanted to make fuss. But I think many of us feel that this year is such an incredible and definitive year, one which so many people are taking the time to re-evaluate so much with in and around them. This moment will linger on and fester it's way into mainstream. Hopefully in our lifetimes we'll see a day where difference in race is not such a burden to some. I believe businesses who deal with the public should accept their share of social responsibility. Particularly the media, taking a stand to strengthen the human morale. Great post per usual Wayne, in agreement to another poster, yes! you betta weeeerk!!!
you definitely told him/her somethin'

N.S. ;-)

An idiot indeed

I've always liked poet Samuel Taylor Colridge's definition of art wherein its the suspension of disbelief:

"It refers to the willingness of a person to accept as true the premises of a work of fiction, even if they are fantastic or impossible. It also refers to the willingness of the audience to overlook the limitations of a medium, so that these do not interfere with the acceptance of those premises."

And, dear friend, since the audience (customers) is no longer willing to accept the "white is right" aesthetic that is being put forth in every blue chip fashion magazine, ad, and runway its no longer "art." Because people are no longer willing to believe that Black, Asian, Indian, whatever models aren't beautiful or as beautiful as their European counterparts.

And since its not art anymore, there isn't any subjectivity. Just a group of "directional" designers, casting directors, editors, photographers so damn self-impressed that they've tried to make institutional racism acceptable by serving it up in digestible chunks like " it all boils down to personal tastes and preference" or something about "perogatives."

Bitch, please...

If you pride yourself on being a true artist in this grand 'ole world of fashion, then you're suppose to be constantly trying to perfect and seek out new mediums to create the best possible images for your vision. Which deductively means, this said medium can not ALWAYS be white. There is no change or evolution or ART in that. And if fashion doesn't change, it's not fashion.

That's why you've never seen a spread in Vogue dedicated to the moderately priced, but fabulous pieces created by H&M's in-house team...

If your anger and cynicism needs to be directed at anyone, it needs to be towards the very people you so adamantly defend. How convenient, that when our economy is in the trash, now people notice the industry is lacking diversity. Could that have nothing to do with the customers not wanting to buy into a brand that doesn't want to invest in them? Or the fact that no one with a brain is letting this issue die down and its only a matter of time (a phone call) before Oprah or Anne Curry does a special on this topic -- which means careers could possibly be on the line? And for what? Because a select few grown ass individuals are insecure about themselves.

As for why black models, in particular, amongst the other under represented models are having a "moment" it's because they have suffered the WORSE from this. Asians, while not a few, consistently get turns at Burberry, Prada, and Balenciaga season after season. And major fashion campaigns, too. So, please. While both situations are tragic, don't compare the two plights. But then again, ignorance is bliss.

"As for why black models, in

"As for why black models, in particular, amongst the other under represented models are having a "moment" it's because they have suffered the WORSE from this. Asians, while not a few, consistently get turns at Burberry, Prada, and Balenciaga season after season. And major fashion campaigns, too. So, please. While both situations are tragic, don't compare the two plights. But then again, ignorance is bliss."

What major campaigns are these exactly? GAP? Hardly major if you ask me. And Hye Park is the only one that walks Balenciaga/Prada/Burberry. And even then, no way is she or Du Juan a "bigger" star than Chanel Iman.

Either way, I commend Vogue IT for doing this. BUT, the only way this will have any significance is if they continually use black models (excluding Liya/Naomi as they are icons) months and months after this. So, I'll wait to see till the end of 2008 to see exactly how many OTHER times they have used to girls instead of this issue.

My two cents...

Uhmm I'm going to try not to over ride what other people have to say but can I propose something to you?
I don't think we need to pit one minority against the other to make a point about diversity . Who's suffered more or who has suffered less is no more the issue (at least for me) than this is an issue of less white models or more "ethnic" models. I think what everybody..black/white/Asian/Latino along the entire spectrum is reacting to is the MONOTONY of only seeing one kind of girl, everywhere. You see that's why I love that Agyness is 25. It makes me think "Gosh, maybe we need to give a kid like Toni Garnn a chance to grow into her career.". I love that Lara Stone has a body and has found continued support, because it says, not every model needs to be built like a prepubescent boy. I love that I've watched Jourdan Dunn go from shy and overwhelmed to being the girl drinking up the light when she shoots in a studio. In other words this is the great value of diversity whether in terms of age, body type or ethnic background. It expands the definition of beauty and gives a wider range of girls a chance to make modeling and fashion exciting again. The big mistake I've observed is propping up blank girls with no personality who reflected no emotional interest in fashion. But please can I ask that we use this discussion to create more openmindedness about other people's culture and other people's cultural needs. Openmindedness..is the great great great mark of intelligence and creativity.

Well, gosh. It's just not

Well, gosh. It's just not the same for Sean John to use an all-black modeling cast and for whatever white designer to do so. And it's only white privilege and a failure to get over himself and look at the world as it is that prevents him from seeing that. I mean..."art is subjective, in all colors." What kind of grasping toward multicultural, universalist-type through a claim to art and the personal choice ... so annoying. The issue is hardly out of hand. Such discussions are finally bringing race and racism into hand where they are meant to be discussed and more clearly understood with humility and historical grounding. What Sean John did sounds beautiful and provocative. So it is threatening. Because really people are comfortable with the question of diversity -- there can be one or two black people and other colored people and we are in some kind of collection. But that is meant to be representative of white people's benevolence. It's a gift they give to black folk -- your place is to be 'diverse.' But not black. And not independent. And not to be out there not thinking about me, the white person. Diversity is like a controlled role. But to have all those black models I'm sure must be very striking and scary because they aren't contained as just the one. I suppose if Sean John has the power to articulate his clothing through an all-black modeling cast, it does complicate the question of inclusion of black models in "white" shows or you know, among a regular group of models. It is the conundrum at the center of separation/independent and integration/assimilation--interdependence -- how to define all that and what is in the best interest of black folk? I mean isn't this about power? Who wields power in the industry and in whose interests? Black people hold a tremendous amount of cultural power in the U.S. and across the world but it seems out of proportion to their--to our capacity to define and defend the terms of that power. If no one criticized Sean John for using all-black models it must be because they looked great and because they are afraid--because they looked great and because black bodies are just marked with the volatility of question of power, history of slavery, pain and things like that. People know that if they approach a discussion about racism that they are approaching a huge, hot volcanic abyss at the center of their fantasies that life is wonderful for everyone and that their lives are what they are because they deserve it. This grasp at artistic subjectivity and personal rights is like grabbing nearby tree branches through the car window as it careens toward the abyss that is race/racism in America.

thank you!

I have never left a comment much less several on any blog. This discussion is amazing and needs to be on a much larger scale......thank you for repeatly bringing this issue up. I've been checking the comments a couple of times a day for the last 3 days.

Interesting that everyone is ASSUMING minorities

Interesting that everyone is ASSUMING minorities are underepresented in advertising.... I did too until a recent comprehensive study done in my country showed that minorities were actually over-represented in advertising eg 5% of the population is Japanese yet they make up 7% of advertising imagery... has anyone actually checked the facts or studies in their country... just wondering..as people do tend to jump on these bandwagons....

This is NOT a bandwagon,

This is NOT a bandwagon, it's a serious issue that has been ignored for too long.

I will echo the same question: WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Your stats mean NOTHING when I open a magazine and NEVER see a Japanese person. Nevermind a person of African ancestry.

Not buying IT..

This study is bogus, this forum would not be open if minorities where over-represented. ALso we are having a debate on the fashion idustry, anyone who has eyes can cleary see the imbalance..

Wondering..

And where are you from???

why are so scared to look into the facts

Why are people so scared to look into the facts? I mean at least be open to it. Fashion is such a flash point for people... I'm 5'1' and curvaceous... Im also 40.

Why are there not more short 5' 1' people in mags... are they not beautiful/? are all short people ugly... are all 40 year olds ugly..I feel soo hurt about that... I should start complaining... maybe there'll be an all 40 year old VI... haha....it's the same palaver about the thin girl issue, the young girl issue... people are happy for 15 year olds to strut and dance around on a stage in their school show.. but walking down a catwalk in clothes for 5 mins is psychologically damaging.???.. the whole world is suddenly worried for their emotional health???...obesity is the worst health problem in the developed world... but people are much more alarmed at the health of naturally thin 15 year old girls.???..I think there is the touch of jealousy in all these issues that constantly come up with fashion ...maybe we need legislation like the French Parliament's new legislation.. mandatory usage of all ethnicities in all shoots and mags...I can see it coming
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It was an Australian

It was an Australian Study....

Any word on the cast?

There are so many underrated amazingly gorgeous black models, so why do they always cast the few overrated token girls (eg Chanel Iman)? I'd love to see Kinee, Mia Niaria, Georgie Baddiel, Adama Diallo (BRILLIANT! My favorite newcomer all categories), Gaye McDonald, Austria Ulloa, and of course Jourdan. Much as I feel for girls like Jaunel and Sessilee, who never got half the attention and recognition they deserve, I hope this issue will focus on the new generation.

new or old...what does it

new or old...what does it matter? have you seen or worked with Jaunel recently? well I have and she has developed into an amazing model! she's elegant and and completely aware of her presence....she had a few "issue" as a new model that at times were hard to photograph but now she uses those to her advantage. so if she was reinvented then she would blow everyone away. I love the new girls but none of them ever seem to be given the the time to become great. I've recently worked with Jordon, AMAZING! I told her get a kit take your foundations, get a black lipstick (so at shows when they stick that same pale pink lip that looks amazing on the white girls) to deepen the lipcolors, get a deep bronzer highlighter (because if I see a pale gold that's great on white skin and sickly on black again) powders and contour colors. I learned to do blk skin from the black girls who would sit nicely get the make up done at shows then sneak to the bathroom and fix themselves.
Old or New right now whoever gets that spot needs to be on point! never have a bad day and hopefully charm everyone....the word is Jordon is starting to book over Chanel now. just a shame that it's one or the other...I just want to see more ethnic faces in high end ads and magazines...as a part of everything not a token moment.

Not Fashion Industry

...silly to blame the fashion industry on this. We have seen this in music, entertainment and the corporate world for years.

Sadly we are some of the last to adapt here in fashion.

Is it that we are shy of being overly critized? Perhaps.

"Nobody gets fired for making a safe decision."

But, alas this is not what Fashion is about I hope or else I am looking to the wrong industry!

We need to cast a wide angle objective on this issue as it goes right up the chain at the publications & ad agencies.

Showbizz

Actually, if you compare the fashion/modeling industry to the music, tv and movie industry then I think you can very easily state that the former represents way less the non-caucasian men and women. With music being the best example I think...there are so so many succesful black artists today and when you check the charts they almost seem to rule them compared to fashion. That industry reflects a diverse society best I think. Fashion has a lot to learn from music IMO. Although, yet again, the Asians are underrepresented in that industry as well.

Yet again asian and indian

Yet again asian and indian models are neglected to the Vogue China's/Korea's and India. I don't believe there have ever been an asian/indian face (model OR celebrity) on the cover of any of the major Vogue/Harper's or W.

Reality Check

The current state of the fashion world is just as sad and frustrating as watching Syesha Mercada getting sent to the "bottom stool" on AI every week even though she's probably one of the most singers/performers, if not THE best. I hear all the young girls screaming "We love you Jason" in the front row and then it makes total sense. It's the same situation walking into some of the online fashion forums like The Fashion Spot where they're screaming for their Kates Anjas, and Sashas. FINALLY, the powers-that-be are realizing that this isn't a true reflection of its customer base!

Januel Mckenzie, Seesli,

Januel Mckenzie, Seesli, Mimi Roache, Angela Highsmith, Yasmin, Valerie Prince, Emuala , Kimani......(please excuse my misspelling I'm sure on their names) all of these girls would blow everyone away if they were grabbed and reinvented. They all are amazing black models that have become commercial. But each of them can turn it out....

fashion!

I think most of it lies on the photographer....if Inez, both Stevens, Mert & Marcus and Testino made a point of shooting black models there would suddenly be a big following. Steven made Beverly Peeles and Naomi.
I'm constantly hearing from clients I'm working with that there's no blk models out there.....what they really mean is that they don't want to use a commercial girl. Black models have to turn to commercial work to support themselves....the min they do that they are out of the editorial game. Then these brand new black models that are babies, show up and haven't had anytime to "get it" for editorial work then they are out. Look at Missy, Anya and Racquel those girls were able to develop into what they are.....white models are always able to re-invent, black models don't have that option.
So if the blue chip photographers would chose several black girls as muses as they do with the white girls then you would see more of a diversity.

Designers/Photographers

Designers/Photographers should be allowed to use whoever they want, no matter the race. Sean John had all black male models, there wasn't a big fuss over that. I wonder why. Hypocrites.

"Designers/Photographers

"Designers/Photographers should be allowed to use whoever they want, no matter the race. Sean John had all black male models, there wasn't a big fuss over that. I wonder why. Hypocrites."

Were you born an idiot or is it a result of your environment?

Rules Of Engagement

Though I completely disagreed with the poster who brought up the Sean John show in negative fashion I thought it would be interesting to see how people would react. So I'd like to ask that you engage his or her point with a discussion. Name calling doesn't further the discussion.

From the apparent idiot

First off, Wayne, I have a deep respect for your knowledge of this massive industry in which most of us work. I read MDC and TI daily. The initial reaction on my part may have been a bit nasty, but, being a white male, I feel as though I can't comment on ANYTHING that has to do with diversity. Unless, of course, its pro-diversity, then, its ok.

There was nothing negative about Sean John having all black male models in his show. If he did that solely to make a statement about the lack of diversity in fashion today, good for him. If he did it just because he felt like only black males would be watching the show or would be the only group of people in which he would like to sell his clothes to, good for him, that's his right. If I implied that it was a negative thing I am very sorry, that is not what I meant. My point was simply that everyone has a right to put whoever in their shows/campaigns/editorials/personal work, period. No one complained about his non use of white models, this issue is getting out of hand. It shouldn't be allowed for him, with an outcry of praise at that, and not allowed for other designers. Does that not seem slightly hypocritical? Can we not be mature enough to take away focus on skin color or the lack there of, to focus on the product? Not every designer/photographer/director is racist just because they're lacking in model diversity. Having preferences for skin color, hair texture, or even specific market relevance all comes down to personal opinion based on the image a company/person wants portrayed to the public. We are free to make our own choices. You're allowed to disagree with me just as I am allowed to disagree with you. I understand this is about selling, but when it comes down to it this is still art.

Art is subjective, in all colors.

Your POV is important..

Well thank you for stepping up to say what you truly think. If every single post here was in the "Diversity Is Great" camp then it wouldn't be a discussion would it? I appreciate your honesty...and courage to go against the grain and also to say what many other people think...but do not step up to say.

For the record, just because you have a different POV I'm not going to scream at you for being an "idiot". Or a racist, which i don't think you are. It is why I asked the posters here on TI to not call people with opposing views childish names. Nor do I bear any anger or frustration towards you. We can be civil in our decision to disagree violently with each other.

My POV is of course different and here is my basis for it.

1. My understanding of the FW 08 Sean John show was it featured an all black cast of male models as a DELIBERATE statement. Bethann Hardison had been speaking to Mr Combs that season . Several agents have been filing the report that the booking landscape for black male models were even WORSE than it was for the female models. Out of an attempt to be proactive, the Sean John team cast the show using every "beautiful black male model" in sight. Because nobody else was using them. It was with that knowledge and on those grounds I found your attempt to use that show as an analogy flawed. I would like for you to reflect on the poignancy of that...half of those models would not have walked a single runway in NY that season were it not for that show. In the past a Sean John show had always been decidedly multi-cultural with a high volume of "white models" . Mr Combs was trying to use his power and influence to address an imbalance because he was one of the few, if not LITERALLY the only client that season who felt he had the luxury of making that particular statement. That was his right and I applaud it because rather than wait for other people's approval he gave his own seal of approval to an issue. On the real tip, the clothes, I thought were totally off. But I respect what he was trying to do.

2. What I do agree with you on is the right of the designer/client/editor/stylist/photographer to say "this is my vision..this is what I want to shoot and I don't want to shoot anything else" . Because that is the prerogative of "art" no? To have a personal vision of beauty. But here's the thing....there can be no art without criticism. What gives any designer the right to present his art to me as a PUBLIC commodity when it disrespects me season after season? If you fail to see me as a part of your vision of beauty then do not expect to get my money. You can then say to me as a consumer."I don't want your money because I'm an artist and I do not wish to cater your needs" But what if I have a lot of money to spend? It might make you a fearless and uncompromising artist but ultimately it also makes you a bad businessman to operate in opposition to the public you're trying to sell to. Furthermore...in the same way the "artist" has a right to do what he pleases, as a journalist, I have the right to say.." I find your so-called art bad.. I find it a dated, antiquated, post-19th century illusion of privilege that has nothing to do with the modern world I live in and I am happy to reccommend to the public that they also not buy it"

3.In addition, art in my mind is a cultural force that is about change, analysis, provocation, thought, intelligence..wisdom. Most of all it represents a certain level of moral and intellectual responsibility to provoke society into challenging its rules of conduct. When a man declares himself an artist and his out put "art", he should expect not only praise and sales and the cash register ringing. He should expect rejection, failure, obscurity, suffering, creative blocks, struggle and anxiety. You invoke that demon called art? Then I think you should be willing to pay the price for that glamorous sheen called art. Be willing to RISK failure and rejection. Most of all don't go into "art" without being willing to risk losing or not making money. For that matter I find the fashion world full of people who want to claim the privileges and indulgences of artists without having the courage to live the high risk life of true artists . Is a corporate salary from a company pumping out a mass market commodity and the idea art compatible? I can indict myself right there. I chose to work in fashion cause the money was easier than filling out forms for grants and residencies after art school. Consequently I'm very dry eyed when I see a photographer on a the set of a "directional fashion shoot" dreaming that he's Caravaggio. To employ the language of the streets "Baby you may have Caravaggio's lighting but what we're really pushing is a 2K handbag!" Art should be a high risk two way street, (triumph in one lane, obscurity in the other) not a bourgeoise indulgence to sell scarves.

4. Finally, I think the moment you put your product...your magazine... perfume..your boxer briefs with your name on it...your sunglasses...dress...coat, bag, shoe in a store to be sold as a commodity the use of the word "art" in that context is banal. What you now have is a mass manufactured, mass marketed, PUBLIC commodity for sale with the object of moving as many units as possible. You can be very clever and put the stance of art on it. You might even want to call it "luxury". But if your sense of "art" and "beauty" is exclusionary by habit and you cannot even begin to think to challenge or re-think a habit, then fully expect the public to reject your art.

5. I think this is what you are seeing in 2008. There is a reason, my friend, why this post has generated this much discussion. The audience, the market, the consumer is really hurt by the fashion world's refusal to update. Every "leisure" industry has adapted ( Hollywood, TV, Music, Publishing) to the idea of a diversified market and now the fashion world is opening its eyes to the fact that 2008 cannot continue to look like 2005. The consumer world of "user generated content", of Myspace and Youtube and Facehunter is not a passive world. People are not stupid. Consumers are not blind. I applaud the Conde Nast group of companies, clients like Prada and Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren for sensing this with so much shrewdness.

My final word in this essay (LOL) is I don't think it comes down to art. When it comes down to it, this is still business.

Money is objective and in theory only has one color. Green.

I live for your college

I live for your college shade !!! Weeeeerk!

The difference is Power. we

The difference is Power. we live in a multi-cultural society. advertising, fashion shows, editorial ect are a reflection of the society to which they speak. not speaking to parts of the society is not a right. until white america is willing to acknowledge and accept the legacy of slavery, jim crowism and white supremacy and it's ongoing effect on people of color we are never going to get passed color. it is not something you can ignore or pretend does not exist. it is not a tool for your convenience. when does preference end and racism or prejudice begin? was it not preference that kept blacks out of department stores, schools and from voting until the late 60"s? was it not preference that kept gays from marrying and out the military? is it not preference that keeps hiv positive people from immigrating to the united states? is it not preference that kept women from voting and equal rights? preference is fine provided that no one is barred from power however if preference means exclusion and that exclusion hinders people from making money, living how and where they want, it is no longer just preference or subjective it is exclusionary and devisive. art is only subjective if it remains only that. showing an exclusive white world is not subjective view of the world or the united states. it is the lingering effects of ideas and ideals based in white supremacy and elitistsim. we do not live in a cultural vacuum.
america is no longer white. got it? get use to it!

out of touch

you are out of touch........at some point everyone needs to take responsibilty with this.

IT'S ABOUT SELLING, STUPID!

Sure, designers/photographers are allowed to use whoever they want. When a conceptual designer has designed a collection that is hugely influenced by Victorian day England, I think it's totally logical that he chooses all fair skinned, red haired models...but when a major brand like Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Vuitton etc, who sell nothing more but life-style products, only use the same white girls over and over again, I find that completely out of touch with time and quite frankly, insulting to their consumers. I, for one, am quite bored with always having to do make-up on the same, pale Russian faces. Get with it people, and look at all the different kids on the street who dress up in designer gear...it's really about time that the big brands reflect that on the runway and in their campaigns.

Give me a break

Yes designers and photographers should be allowed to use whom ever they want, but they also have a responsibility to project a diverse group of people. They are markeeting to the public, the public does not consist of one race. The referance of Sean John is a complete farce. It is so wrong on so many levels I dont even know where to start. The fact that you have a problem with the industry tackling the problem of diversity says alot. There is no negative in the fashion industry waking up to this issue. The world we live in is changing, we might have a Black President for godsakes, I am a white woman, and I am sick of seeing the same boring white girls go down the runway every season. I am equally bored to death with having to book them as well.

So you basically blame the

So you basically blame the fashion industry, but not yourself as you ARE part of it. You don't have to book white girls.

NO NO Sweetie

As I stated before I wish it was as simple as you suggest. In order to book black models, I have to play the game I will out line it for you..

1. They have to have a strong presence during the shows.. who opened marc, who closed Mcqueen, who was at Calvin, yada, yada

2. Strong book, which now means: French Vogue, ID, Self Service etc.... you get the picture

3. Buzz

4 Buzz

5. Buzzz

Then of course my EDITOR has to find her worthy.

The industry does not give these black girls the BUZZ, its really not up to me perse, I follow trends and react accordingly

Sick with having to book the

Sick with having to book the white girls? Then why not book a black model...or an Asian, or an Indian girl, or a native American, et cetera. Bookers underestimate their power.

Not when your job is on the

Not when your job is on the line. Bookers are pretty told what kinda girl the clients want, and if they book a black model: it could always get recasted OR their job is in jeopardy.

I kinda wished this was more of a "diversity" issue. I think the only reason an all black edition works is because you will have big name girls like Naomi, Liya, Iman, Alek, etc that can help carry the magazine. No way in hell do I see an all black issue with just Chanel, Jourdan, Jaunel, etc, etc. And there is no way an all asian or latina issue will work if the biggest names you have are Omayhra, Du, Ujwalla, Lakshima or Hye. Neither of them are even close to top models.

that's unfair to

that's unfair to say....those that are booking the girls also have bosses telling them who to book. the whole thing is messed up. any ethnic model in the industry right now must deal with the fact that they are being book for anything is because the clients are being forced to not because they are fabulous. Target right now has a 60/40 (ethinic/white) percentage that they have to cast by. other companies simple have to fill the asian, latin, black slots.......so they hope that 1 or 2 models represent all of that "demagraphic". it's totally messed up.....and it's only getting worse. so you can't blame a booker for a racist industry. it's companies following pure numbers.......it's been said over and over that a white face sells more....well as long as Ethnic consumers continue to buy from these companies...Vogue/W/Harpers Bazaar included then the "perception"isn't going to change.
Consumers blasted the companies that had Kate Moss as their face over her coke film...and she lost those contracts. (granted she's an icon)....so the same reaction to consumers could happen if the same thing was aimed at demanding diversity.

Darling I wish it was that

Darling I wish it was that easy..

YES YES YES

Cant wait for the ALL BLACK MODEL ITALIAN VOGUE ISSUE. YES KIDS, ITS COMING

Hopefully this means Chanel

Hopefully this means Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn!

Diversity

Wayne, I thank you for this news from with all my heart!

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