Mar 20, 2013

Most people that know me would definitely describe me as a fashion girl, but what they won't call me is a 'Label Whore'.  I may spend a pretty dime on a pair shoes (hey, a girl loves red bottoms), but I'm just as happy getting an outfit from Target as I am from Neimans.  So to say that I pay attention to fashion is an understatement.  I love fashion, but what I don't love is how racist the people in charge of the imagery of fashion are.

Every year we hear the same ol' argument around Fashion Week: Why aren't the runways more diverse?

It has become a broken record.  Regardless of anything, you know people are going to complain about the lack of diversity when it comes models working the runways.  Interesting that people don't also complain about the status of designers of color.  The number of designers of color showing at any Fashion Week is abyssmal to say the least.

Well, if you really want to know why the runways are so white then look no further than this article by Buzzfeed.

James Lim, a Buzzfeed contributor, spoke with 5 of fashions top casting directors and let's just say what they revealed is pretty interesting to say the least. 

Basically, the article can be summed up in one sentence from Leila Ananna, casting director for Burberry, Marchesa, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Armani Privé, Saint Laurent. This is what Ananna said, "...we need to keep in mind that these are shows. A show needs to make you dream, and it doesn't necessarily need to represent reality."

Hmmm....So let me see if I am understanding this correctly. I think what Ananna is saying that fashion shows are about dreams and designers want you to dream about an All-White waif-ish world.  Interesting...

I will have to say my favorite part of the article was when Barbara Nicoli tried to explain the differences in body types when it came to Black, causcasian, and Asian women.

Here is what she said:

It's also true that, for example, Caucasians have a specific body type, black girls have a specific body shape, and Asian girls have a specific body shape. So I guess there are some collections where it's more perfect for an Asian body shape because they are more flat and less sexy, in a way. Asians, they are not curvy, so to put an Asian [who's] very flat [with a] baby body shape in a show where normally the designer knows they love sexy, beautiful, curvy girls, it's a bit of nonsense. If you do it, it's just because you have to or you want to please your customer coming from Asia. But it's not certainly because you have, in your mind, the idea that that kind of girl, she's wearing your clothes properly if you think your girl is sexy.
 So there you have it people.  The reason runways are so white is because designers are looking for a certain body type that only white women possess.  Case Closed.

Click here if you want some more enlightenment.


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