Amidst the statement tees, Planned Parenthood-endorsing pink buttons, and white bandanas, something momentous—and not to mention long overdue—happened: every single show featured a model of color on the runway.
That's according to the fashion statistics obsessives over at The Fashion Spot, who've been track of runway demographics for several years now. Last season all but one show, The Row, had featured at least one model of color, but Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen finally caught up with the times and helped make the season a perfect showing.
Overall, 31.5 percent of models who walked the major Fall 2017 runways were minorities. That's slightly up from the season before, but still a dip from the all-time high of 31.9 percent achieved for Fall 2016.
Though, encouragingly, six of the top ten most booked models this season were minorities, including Jamaican model Alicia Burke and Nigerian model Mayowa Nicholas.
The data also paints the past New York season as something of a breakout for plus-sized models on the runway. There were 26 instances of plus-sized women in shows this season, including, notably, ten at Christian Siriano. Ashley Graham, one of Vogue's current cover models, also had her most prestigious runway moment ever as a model for Michael Kors (in turn, it was the first time Kors had cast a model over size 12).
The Fashion Spot also points out that there were eight transgender models who walked the runway this season, the same as the previous two seasons, but for some reason doesn't account for the three trans models who walked for Marc Jacobs (transgender male model Casil McArthur also walked at Jacobs, but the statistics only include female models). So it's also possible this was a notable season for trans models as well.
There are of course still strides to be made in the name of runway diversity (the number of models who are over 50, for example, fell from last season), but the fact that all-white casts hopefully seem to be a thing of the past (in New York, at least) is still huge news.
In fact, exactly ten years ago during the Fall 2007 runway shows, precisely one-third of the major fashion shows during New York Fashion Week lacked models of color.
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