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New York Fashion Week Favors White Skin

By: Going Like Sixty - Published: Sep 13, 2008   Updated: Aug 11 2011 • References: reuters
New York Fashion Week seems more interested in models that are size zero rather than representing diversity.

In many of the designer shows, two or three used black models. In over 30 shows attended by a Reuters news service, several designers only used one, while some had no black models.

Tracy Reese, DKNY and Diane von Furstenberg displayed a high number of black models this season while others, such as Vivienne Tam, did not use any.

Implications - New York Fashion Week does not seem too concerned with representing diversity and would rather have models who are white and who are also size zero. Vogue Italia has taken the lead and created a "Black Issue" featuring more than 20 black models, but many people question whether this is tokenization or not.