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Diversity on the runway has always been an issue, especially in the past few years with the democratization of fashion shows via the internet, suddenly everyone was allowed to see in real time what went on in the tents and who walked which runway, and with that we were allowed to see how minorities were rarely represented on them, and so the conversation started, there weren’t enough color, asian, latin, native american, transgender, and so on women being cast as models for these shows, why were most modeling gigs given to white caucasian females? They even cast white women to represent women of color (Seriously!) And so the industry began catching up to diversity and realizing that in a globalized world everyone needs to feel included and represented, but it wasn’t enough (still according to the fashion spot the runways for the Fall 2016 shows were less than 25% diverse).

La diversidad en las pasarelas siempre ha sido un problema y una controversia, especialmente en los últimos años con la democratización de los shows a través del internet, de pronto todos podíamos ver en tiempo real qué pasaba en las carpas y quién caminaba en qué pasarela, y  fue así como nos dimos cuenta de que las minorías raramente se veían representadas en ellas, y asi empezó una conversación, no había suficientes mujeres latinas, asiáticas, nativas americanas, de color, del medio este, transgénero, etc. siendo contratadas para éstos shows, ¿por qué la mayoría de los lugares eran asignados a mujeres blancas? incluso se llegó a usar modelos caucásicas para representar a mujeres de color (es en serio). Y fue así como la industria comenzó a darse cuenta del problema y de que en un mundo globalizado todos necesitamos sentirnos incluidos y representados, pero no es suficiente (según un reporte de the fashion spot las pasarelas para las colecciones Otoño 2016 tuvieron menos del 25% de diversidad)

 “So if you’re the designer the whole world is looking to right now, how great that your message is one of exclusion which is never in fashion. It must feel like a slap to all of the people of color who line up to buy your clothes that your message to them [is that] you don’t see them in your world.” – James Scully
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The conversation has also been about weight issues, and we’ve had bans on underweight models, and switched to less skinny models, and now we thankfully have plus size models, which to me look like perfectly normal women, but we decide to label them as plus size, cause we can’t all just be women, we have to add an adjective to the word.

La conversación también ha sido sobre problemas de peso, se han vetado a modelos bajas de peso, y hemos cambiado por modelos menos delgadas, afortunadamente ahora hay modelos de tallas extra, que para mi lucen como mujeres normales si me preguntan, pero decidimos llamarlas tallas extra, porque por supuesto que no podemos sólo ser mujeres, tenemos que agregar adjetivos a la palabra.  

It’s a message that reverberates through Fashion Weeks across the globe, from Paris to Milan. Along with people of color, plus-size, transgender and aged models continue to be underrepresented. There is still significant work to be done to eradicate that message of exclusion. – Jessica Andrews
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And then I keep asking myself, so, ideally people who looks like those models is who buys the clothes? Of course not! There’s a whole spectrum of people with access to these brands and their products, so why aren’t the brands representing them? Am I supposed to be white, female, 6′ tall, a size 2 and young to have access to them? Of course not, so that’s why I was gladly surprised to see that this season some designers decided to include people that you could easily see walking down the street wearing those clothes in their shows, and it made me wonder, is this something we’ll be seeing more and more each time? Cause I’d be delighted. Everyone likes to see themselves represented.

Y yo me pregunto, entonces, idealmente ¿son las personas que lucen como los modelos quienes compran la ropa? ¡claro que no! Hay todo un espectro de gente con acceso a éstas marcas y sus productos, entonces ¿por qué las marcas no están representándolas? ¿se supone que sea blanca, identificarme como femenina, medir más de 1.80, ser talla 2 y joven para poder tener acceso a ellas? Definitivamente no, es por eso que me sorprendió ver ésta temporada que algunos (aún no suficientes por supuesto) diseñadores, decidieron incluir gente que fácilmente podrías ver en la calle con esa ropa en sus pasarelas, y la verdad no puedo evitar preguntarme ¿es ésta una tendencia que irá en aumento? porque yo estaría encantada, a todos nos gusta vernos representados.

What are your thoughts on diversity on the runway?

¿Qué opinas sobre éste problema de diversidad?



  1. I like your article 🙂

    As I see it there is not much diversity in the ‘sizing field’, cos clothes looks the best on high, skinny girl. they are like live hangers, that will underline all the frills etc. It is more difficult to make girl with size 16+ to look good in a super tiny tops and shorts. (I hope I do not offend anyone.)

    As per diversity in race, I think it mostly depends on the country of origin of a designer. I have a friend who is Indonesian and she is making a huge career in Asia as designers there want to see girls with her look on the runways. Here in Europe, we do not realize how mixed our society is, therefore we do not realize that we need representatives of all the races on the runaway. I hope this will improve with time.

    In all this madness, I think it is really important not to loose yourself. I do not think that we are to follow this ‘runaway ideals of beauty’. Being skinny or not, whichever race you are it is crucial to feel beautiful and happy with yourself. And never let any designer or whomever else bring you down. Cos in my opinion fashion is an art that should inspire us to be beautiful and it is not an ultimate truth defining how we are suppose to look.

    See you around.


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