Guidelines on Racial Diversity provided by the Diversity Coalition:
-Encourage the industry to be inclusive of racial diversity when preparing
casting of models for their company needs.
-Ask model agencies to include and send models of color when casting. Do
not assume agents will automatically do so. It’s good for them to hear the
interest and important to see what models of color are available.
-Request models of color every season and not be limited to Spring/Summer
collections and hesitate when it becomes to Fall/Winter collections.
-When speaking to model agencies suggest to them to scout for more models
of color encouraging a better selection.
-Be open minded to models of color. Make an effort to add diversity to
your lineup. It affects how we see things globally and how we are seen as
-Our objective is to make a shift on how the model of color is viewed so
it becomes natural to see them participating each season in a greater
number then seasons past.
Last season we addressed the international fashion industry for their lack of conduct in being racially diverse. There was a marked improvement on the runways and a positive response to the letters received by the major fashion councils and the designer brands they count as members. First we will share the results.
It is important to say that there are design houses serviced by casting directors and stylists who are latent, as they seem comfortable with stereotypical images.
Although progress was made last season within certain houses, the objective is to continue this improvement across the entire industry. We look for consistency and not because of advocacy or a season lending to darker skin.
So we will continue to watch and reveal season to season.
Diversifying is not difficult. The resistance to do so is intriguing.
Eyes are on an industry that season after season watches fashion design houses consistently use of one or no models of color.
No matter the intention, the result is racism.
Not accepting another based on the color of their skin is clearly beyond “aesthetic” when it is consistent with the designer’s brand.
Whether it’s the decision of the designer, stylist or casting director, that decision to use basically all white models, reveals a trait that is unbecoming to modern society.
It can no longer be accepted, nor confused by the use of the Asian model.