Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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Ariel Meredith struts in the Barbie show during NY Fashion Week

Jezebel lists the figures on how many models of color were represented on the runway during New York Fashion Week:

There were 116 labels that held shows at the recently ended New York fashion week; that's 3,697 spots in runway and presentation lineups. Of those, 668 were given to models of color — which, at just over 18%, is 6% better than one year ago. (And certainly better than in the fall of 2007, when WWD reported that one-third of the New York shows used no models of color at all.)


There were 7 shows that had no models of color at all. Those designers were: Altuzarra, Davidelfin, Jenni Kayne, Julian Louie, Koi Suwannagate, Temperley London, Vera Wang Lavender Label.

And there were 19 shows that had some models of color, but no black models. They were: Alexandre Herchcovitz, Behnaz Sarafpour, Costello Tagliapietra, Erin Fetherston, Halston, Marchesa, Max Azria, Milly, Miss Sixty, Monique Lhuillier, Nicole Miller, Philosophy, Reem Acra, Tibi, TSE, United Bamboo, Vena Cava, VPL, Vivienne Tam.

Legend: Yellow = Black models/ Red = Asian models/ Blue = Latina models / Green= Other ethnicities

The biggest winners (in terms of numbers of shows booked) contain the expected names: Sessilee Lopez and Jourdan Dunn*. Each appeared in 20+ shows while Arlenis Sosa's number was in the teens. Also spotted on multiple runways were Chanel Iman, Wakeema Hollis, Sessilee Lopez, Gracie Carvalho, Kinee Diouf, Georgie Baddiel, Mia Aminata Niaria, Ubah Hassan, Shelby Coleman, and Ataui Deng. One notable, 17 year old Lyndsey Scott (represented by Click) made a splash when she became the first woman of color to score an exclusive for Calvin Klein.

The rest of the article is here

*Edited to correct bad numbers on my part. It was Sessilee Lopez (and not Chanel Iman as I originally printed) who scored 20+ shows. Thanks to a careful reader for pointing out my mistake.


model liberation said...

I was just about to send the link to this. Good lookin' out, Brigitte!

Brigitte said...

It's a great article, I love a good pie chart :)

M said...

great post! very interesting designer breakdown...may have to relook at the collections

We Shall Overcome.....In Couture! said...

Great post! I was wondering about the models of color breakdown.

On a side note: I think Wakeema Hollis is so underrated. I would love to see her in more shows and campaigns.

Ajuna-Ariel said...

Brigette, you really need to check your facts. Chanel Iman DID NOT appear in 20 + shows during NY Fashion week. She appeared in 12...not 20 plus. The big winners were Sessilee Lopez and Jourdan Dunn in who each appeared in 21 + shows.
Kinee diouf was also a big winner; she was in 16 shows and has been did quite well in London Fashion week.

Please try to be objective when reporting facts because I know you like Chanel Iman.

Brigitte said...

@ Please try to be objective when reporting facts because I know you like Chanel Iman.

I have posted about Chanel before but it's mostly because she is one of the top working black models right now. I don't "like" her more or less than any other working black model right now so I'm not sure where you got that impression.

Apologies if I mislead anyone by confusing Sessilee and Chanel's show counts.

Ajuna-Ariel said...

Well, I got that impression because I have searched your entire site and chanel constantly pops up from all angles. She is like the only black model you give intensive coverage to. It's pretty obvious imo.

Brigitte said...

@Ajuna-Ariel - Well all I can say is that you're reading into the coverage a bit too much. Chanel anf Jordan Dunn get more coverage in the press than any other black model (except for Naomi) so that's the reason why they appear often on this blog. Thanks for your input.

Invisible Woman said...

Is Ajuna-Ariel a model or a booker? Maybe she needs to!

Thanks for the info--I now know whose clothing I will think twice about buying.