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NYFW: The Runway Diversity Numbers Are In

New York Fashion Week has come to an end and designers had the chance to showcase their extensive creativity through their clothes that hit the runway. With a variety of colours, fabrics, and accessories, diversity was no stranger to the creations that were modeled on the runway. What did lack in diversity however, were the models themselves. In recent years, website Jezebel has observed the models on the runway during NYFW and produced the results according to the number of models of each race. This year, 4,621 models hit the runway within 148 shows. Of those 4,621, Jezebel announced that only 985 were models of colour. This means that models of Caucasian descent dominated the runways and accumulated to a percentage of 78.69%. This number is slightly smaller than last year's which was 82.7%. However, the number still floats around an average of 80%. In 2008, this percentage was at a recorded high of 87%. Since then, it has dropped minimally, but has not regressed to an amount that many would assume -- given all the frequent talk of diversity in the fashion world. Jezebel stated that only a few designers used entirely white casts. However, some designers seemed to disregard the matter of diversity altogether. According to the site, Calvin Klein used five models of color last season but featured two black models this time around. While some fashion shows didn't reek of diversity, there are a number of fashion houses who ensure that they include models of colour throughout their shows. Namely designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Desigual, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ohne Titel, Pamella Roland, Naeem Khan, Zac Posen, Tracy Reese, Anna Sui and Creatures of the Wind who opened and closed their shows with a variety of models of colour. Although NYFW has shown a slight improvement, let's hope for a drastic one next time around.

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