At this year’s New York Fashion Week, it’s not the street style posers, celebrity frow-ers or even designers that are making headlines – it’s the diversity of models gracing the runway. We’ve noticed that the fashion industry is growing more inclusive, with models like Myla Dalbesio and Ashley Graham landing major campaigns – the ultimate proof that designers are committed to change. We love it!
You may not be crazy about his see-through body-stockings, but Kanye’s use of models of all sizes, races and genders is commendable.
2. Winnie Harlow for Desigual
MC model muse Winnie Harlow (also known as Chantelle Brown) has turned her rare skin disorder, vitiligo, into her biggest runway asset. Her standout looks combined with her winning smile and personality make her a joy to watch and we’re sure the audience at Desigual felt the same.
3. Jamie Brewer for Carrie Hammer
American Horror Story actor Jamie Brewer is the first model with Down’s syndrome to walk the New York Fashion Week runway. She featured as part of designer Carrie Hammer’s ‘Role Models Not Runway Models’ campaign and her aim is to inspire young girls.
Jamie spoke on the Today show, saying, ‘Young women … [can see me] and say, “Hey, if she can do it, so can I.” It’s a true inspiration being a role model for any young women, to [encourage them] in being who they are and showing who they are.’
4. Laverne Cox at Go Red For Women
Orange is The New Black actor and transgender activist Laverne Cox walked the Go Red For Women charity show hosted by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease. She even gave the audience a twirl at the end of the runway in her Donna Karan gown.
Chromat is the fierce label responsible for making performance outfits for Beyoncé (Superbowl, Mrs Carter world tour and VMA’s), Nicki Minaj and Ellie Goulding. Designer Becca McCharen draws inspiration from architecture and urban design for her sexy structured looks and what better canvas to show them off on than gorgeous models of all sizes?
6. FTL Moda
FTL Moda devoted a large part of its show to models with disabilities. British personal trainer Jack Eyers made history as the first male amputee walking Fashion Week.