‘A Fashion Show Doesn’t Necessarily Need To Represent Reality:’ Top Designers Called Out For Lack Of Black Runway Models

March 20, 2013  |  
Source: WENN

From StyleBlazer

BuzzFeed delved into the issue of certain designers having runways filled with only white models, by talking to five known casting directors in the industry. Raf Simon’s who heads Christian Dior was the main culprit having virtually colorless shows, since taking over in April 2012.

To his defense, the designer is not the actual person to cast the shows, but he does have sway on the women chosen. Allegedly Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes – who also do Calvin Klein and Jil Sander’s stark white shows—are the ones who work with Dior.

“I feel we’ve made strides in the past three to four years, thanks to people like [former model] Bethann Hardison, but this season in particular was one of the worst seasons in terms of diversity,” said James Scully, the casting director for Tom Ford, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Carolina Herrera.

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  • RWU

    That was the weakest excuse ever! I’m both a model agent/casting director and fashion designer! So what if you don’t directly cast your own models for your shows you sure as hell see your models backstage and the picts/videos of your shows!

    If you’re a fashion designer on primary level in the industry and you don’t have the social and cultural consciousness to see that you’re shows are all lily white models (and the message that sends), not only are you an idiot, culturally ignorant you’re also disrespecting all the people of colour who spend money on your brand making you a millionaire.

    Anyone in the industry (on any level) still making these same tired excuses for this overt and systemic racism need to wake the F up! It’s 2015!!!

  • jewelsade

    Who made the dress?, designer?

  • 2Jane2

    We (African Americans) do not understand our economic power. If a company does not represent or market to my demographic I do not buy that product, watch that show, or support that person. I am not saying boycott until they change due to pressure, I’m saying find a company that values you from the beginning.

    • I agree! we gotta take our money elsewhere. why would I spend money on a label that doesn’t even acknowledge our race’s economic power.

  • honest

    and black celebrities stay seated in these ppl fashion shows and shout there products out in their music…i been saying this for years we shouldve had our own everything by now but nooo black ppl are still waiting for the white mans approval….so sad and Africa has the most beautiful fashion shows but our ppl are always seated at the European shows…i dont even go to the movies anymore im done putting money it white ppl pockets and black men who dont support the black community…black ppl need to wake up if we are still having the same problems and we are in 2013 then the issue is never going to end

  • chanela

    can we just stop it? why the hell don’t we have our own stuff yet? everybody else has realized that white people aren’t gonna cater to us! asians have their own magazines,tv channels and movies. so do hispanic and middle eastern people! why aren’t these top actors and actresses pulling together to make our own industry? our own oscars,cnns, and elle magazines? this is so sad! we keep sitting around waiting for white people’s approval. i’m DONE.

  • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

    Wow, she is stunning! Who wouldn’t want her walking in their fashion shows?!

  • mac

    And why should they. Folks still out here tripping over themselves, missing rent payments to buy these brands that dont even bother marketing to us. We’re indirectly okaying the discrimination.

  • pfeiffer87

    Same ole same ole… Can I just say though that the woman and the dress in that pic are beautiful!