"All White Everything." Social Media Activists Target Fashion Week Shows With No Black Models
Five years ago, Vogue published an article whose headline asked a stark question: “Is Fashion Racist?” It was hard not to answer yes, when models of color — particularly African Americans — were nearly impossible to come by on New York, Milan, London and Paris runways.
Not much has changed since 2008 — in part because there is no institution to hold designers accountable to represent their diverse customer base.
Until now, that is. A former fashion model is launching a social media campaign to bring public scrutiny to designers and brands who do not use black models.
Bethann Hardison, a former model and agent, is organizing a campaign that will launch during Fashion Week next month to shame the designers that don’t include black models.