Yesterday I was reading one my favorite blogs, Thread Bared, and they had linked an article from another one of my favorite blogs, Jezebel, and the itch I always have to scratch reared it’s ugly head – the lack of diversity on the runways.
I thought to myself, how can I make someone understand with just an image how the fashion industry is severely lacking? I’m not even touching on body politics because that is another conversation entirely, but when you look at 40 faces and only 4 are non-white, that my friends is a problem.
I love Alexander Wang – not the collection this time around – but you must ask more from the people you admire. Wang attended Cal State Long Beach if I’m not mistaken, a very diverse university here in Southern California. Surely he can remember what it is like to be part of a multi-ethnic community. Obviously he’s not the only designer to perpetuate this runway crime, but as I mentioned, we must start expecting more from people we’ve helped catapult into fame.