Iman Wants People To Boycott Designers Who Don’t Put Black Models On Their Runway

August 13, 2013  |  

Legendary supermodel Iman says that it’s time to take a stand. According to a report on Jezebel, 82.7 percent of models in Fall/Winter Fashion Week were white, while Asian models were 9.1 percent, black models were six percent (falling from 8.2 percent in 2012), and Latina models were only two percent of the supermodels walking the runway. And while some of the top models in the world are of color, including Joan Smalls (who was ranked the number one model on, the runways still manage to stay the same. Because of that, Iman says there needs to be a major change, and she’s saying that until it happens, folks need to start boycotting these fashion labels so they can feel the hit in their pockets. Here’s what she told Vogue:

“It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the Sixties, by saying if you don’t use black models, then we boycott. If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar.

There is something terribly wrong. We have a President and a First Lady who are black. You would think things have changed, and then you realise[sic] that they have not. In fact, things have gone backwards.”

This story about the lack of diversity on runways is as old as time, and while I’d love to see more women of color killing it in major fashion shows, you can’t make people put folks in their shows if they don’t want to and if they aren’t keeping them out because of malicious intent. But then again, there are plenty of black designers out here to support if the actions of these major labels aren’t floating your boat…just saying!

What do you think of Iman’s comments?

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