This Is What The Fashion Industry Could Look Like If It Was Actually Diverse

Shamone Edwards

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What if runways and glossy editorial spreads looked a bit less whitewashed, and instead were actually filled with a diverse array of models? A new Instagram account that puts its mission statement in its handle, @moremodelsofcolor, is visualizing a less homogenous future for the fashion industry.

The account has been active for three weeks, and has been sharing a variety of gorgeous faces, yet many of the girls are under-the-radar (for now). Since the feed is not solely a celebration of big names, the account could be a great way for unknowns to get a bit of exposure.
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Estelle Chen

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"All girls, regardless of their ethnic background, have the right to see themselves portrayed in the fashion industry,” the account’s anonymous founders told Dazed & Confused.

The fashion industry still has a long way to go. To wit: The fall 2015 catwalks were 80 percent white, and less than a sixth of 2014 magazine covers featured models of color, according to Who What Wear. That's slightly better than two years ago, when 90 percent of models that walked in fall 2013 runway shows across all cities were white — but not much.

Shantal Yaniré

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Talents including Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy and Olivier Rousteing at Balmain have been vocal about the topic, and industry stalwart Bethann Hardison has actively pushed for more variety in the industry. It isn’t just a model issue, though — there isn’t nearly as much diversity among designers as one would hope for (or expect). For now, scrolling through @moremodelsofcolor can let us visualize a more varied modeling landscape, at least.

Thaina Oliveira da Silva

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