theFashionSpot Publishes Fashion Week Spring 2015 Diversity Report; Reveals Disappointing Results for Models of Color

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theFashionSpot's recently published Fashion Week Spring 2015 Diversity Report yielded dismal numbers, and illustrated what little progress the fashion industry has made in presenting diversity on the runway.

TotallyHer Media’s theFashionSpot (tFS) (http://www.thefashionspot.com), the web’s largest fashion-focused community and fashion editorial site, recently published its Fashion Week Spring 2015 Diversity Report—an analysis intended to monitor how frequently models of color are utilized in runway shows. As with previous reports, the study yielded dismal numbers, and illustrated what little progress the fashion industry has made in presenting a diverse cast of models.

The report surveyed 151 major shows in New York (48), Paris (42), London (31) and Milan (30) to see exactly how committed top designers are to portraying diversity. After counting black, white, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latina and female models of ambiguous ethnicity, the analysis proved that the odds of women of color appearing on the runway are still very low: on average, the runways in each city were 83 percent white. New York Fashion Week appeared to be the most diverse, with its runways including 20.9 percent models of color, and 79.1% white models. Meanwhile, Paris featured the largest number of white model castings, at 84.4%. Below is a glimpse of the overall results; a city-by-city breakdown can be found in the report.

Fashion Week Diversity by the Numbers:

Percentage of Model Castings During Fashion Week – All Cities

  •     82.4% – Caucasian
  •     6.8% – Black
  •     6.8% – Asian
  •     1.8% – Latina
  •     0.3% – Middle Eastern
  •     1.9% – other

Top 5 Casts with the Most Models of Color

  •     100% – Ashish
  •     56.3% – Peter Som
  •     54.5% – Tracy Reese
  •     53% – Zac Posen
  •     44.4% – Tome

Top 5 Casts with the Fewest Models of Color

  •     3.2% – The Row
  •     3.6% – Haider Ackermann
  •     4.3% – Victoria Beckham
  •     4.3% – Paul & Joe
  •     4.3 % – Valentino

“The diversity report shows us in no uncertain terms that the fashion industry is failing to include models of color—whether they’re Asian, Latina, black, or Middle Eastern. And that’s really unacceptable in 2014,” said Amina Akhtar, Editorial Director for theFashionSpot. “We’re a diverse world—and a diverse industry. We need to follow the examples of designers like Peter Som, Zac Posen, Tracy Reese and Tome and cast with a wider net. There are gorgeous models of all races and ethnicities out there, so it’s time to start hiring them. We can do better.”

Check out the full report here: http://www.thefashionspot.com/runway-news/476497-fashion-week-spring-2015-diversity-report/.

About theFashionSpot
Originating in July 2001, theFashionSpot (http://www.theFashionSpot.com) made a name for itself as an invitation-only community of designers, stylists and fashionistas that dissected designer collections, celebrating some and skewering others. Building on the largest fashion-focused community on the web, theFashionSpot.com has grown into a respected fashion editorial site with a strong and active community element. TheFashionSpot’s portfolio of sites currently reaches nearly 6.8 million unique visitors (comScore, August 2014), with close to 70,000 invitation-only members playing an active role in the site’s forum. It is that in-market participation and authenticity that makes theFashionSpot.com the largest community of fashion influencers online. In 2012 theFashionSpot was recognized by MediaPost’s OMMA Awards for website excellence in fashion and beauty. Recent brand advertisers include Macy’s, Tresemme, Anne Klein, P&G, Kraft, Coach, Revlon, Weight Watchers, and more. theFashionSpot is part of TotallyHer, an Evolve Media (http://www.evolvemediallc.com) company.

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