|photo from an old fashion show, not the one I reference in this article. pic courtesy of foodfashion.com|
Out of 40 girls, two were non-white. One Asian girl and one black girl.
And the thing is, this is an American designer, behind a contemporary American brand. This is Americana. So how does that runway show even define America? And I’m not trying to pick on this one design house, it happens at so many different places. (Somehow, it doesn’t bother me as much with European designers, A., because I’m not European, and B., because Europe doesn’t have our history, nor is it particularly known for being an all-embracing melting-pot.)
We have so many ethnically-diverse models these days, and thousands of other tall, thin girls pining to join the industry that it seems ridiculous to feature only the Eastern European types. And I know it’s not because we’ve reverted to the 70s ideal of blonde, blue-eyed beauty. Beauty and advertising campaigns regularly feature a diverse array of women—models like Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn, Hollywood stars like Beyonce and Eva Longoria.
|Jourdan Dunn in Teen Vogue|
I just wish fashion designers would get up to speed and start featuring beautiful women of all colors in their shows. I won’t say all sizes (though that would be cool too!), because I understand that clothing hangs “best” on a certain frame; but to assert, even passively, that it looks best on white women (but should be bought by all Americans and foreigners), well, frankly that’s a problem.
|Eva Mendes for a Calvin Klein campaign|
What do you think? Am I overreacting here? Am I also being size-ist while criticizing designers for not being race-sensitive? Would love to hear your thoughts, even if you don’t agree with me. xo