Anonymous said: Any thoughts on the lack of diversity in the high fashion modeling world? I've noticed most of the models you post on here are white.
I think it’s audacious and a slap in the face to non-Northern European country’s women. Between Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Acne, Chloe and Céline there was an average cast of 96% caucasian women. I try and be appreciative of people of various ethnic origins in more than a non-visual sense but in an educated standing. Designers can be excellent at incorporating history of a culture into their inspiration for a collection or could be horrifically stereotypical and racist on top of failing to cast a diverse set of models. The fact that the words “token-Asian” or “token-black girl” are thrown around and widely accepted is jarring. I noticed that even when models are selected from off the grid or different countries, they tend to look just like all of the other caucasian girls instead of accurately representing their demographic region’s sense of beauty. I think that Brazil has the most diverse representation of models if you are purely talking skin color here which is demographically accurate. Girls that do well in their individual countries, where their beauty is more appreciated in a more concentrated pool of people with similar interests, most likely don’t go on to do well on a larger scale because the features that are celebrated in their hometowns are foreign and against the standard of “the main stage”. It’s the power houses of the four major cities that perpetuate the standard that has been unchanged for what…30 years? Since the late 80’s? Tall, skinny white girls from Northern Europe? I realize I do post a lot of white girls, but certainly not all, and it is certainly unintentional, and if that isn’t a statement about my subconscious brainwashing of the standard of beauty I grew up with I don’t know what is.