It's about time to talk about the lack of diversity in fashion. Why is it that virtually every high fashion show and almost every commercial fashion advertisement features models that all look the same: white, tall and blond or brunette. Come on, we all know that the world isn't white, tall and blond or brunette. Why hasn't the fashion world caught on?
Nykhor, a Sudanese model, posted on Instagram about how she was understandably fed up with the lack of diversity in the fashion world. This was the text that accompanied her post:
"Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don't take this the wrong way but it's time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don't have to do anything but show up wtf! Don't try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there's so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it's insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn't help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn't mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I'm tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I'm definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can't we be part of fashion fully and equally?"
And the lack of diversity doesn't stop with the models on the runway. The New York Times reported that of the 260 designers who were scheduled to show their collections during New York Fashion Week, only a few with a global reach were black.
"My parents always said, 'You’re going to have to work twice as hard as a white person, so be prepared.' It didn’t hurt my feelings. I didn’t focus on it personally," said Tracy Reese, a well-known fashion designer.
It shouldn't be difficult to achieve diversity in the fashion world. The fashion industry should know that we all would rather see real people who truly represent the population modeling our clothes rather than a whitewashed, skinny version of the world. Why is it so hard to achieve diversity in the fashion world? Come on, fashion industry, get it together.