Diversity in Model Casting Is Barely Improving at All
“The industry tends to take two small steps forward, and one big step back.”
Despite the glaring spotlight thrust on issues related to the lack of diversity in model casting, it seems that improvement can only be observed at an excruciatingly snail-like pace. In the latest seasonal diversity report released by The Fashion Spot, it featured 236 Spring 2016 campaigns starring 422 different models. Diversity in racial models seems to be improving ever so slightly, with models of color taking up 21.8 percent of that number – a somewhat comforting increase of 6.5 precent compared to 2015’s ad campaigns. However, the following brands released the most whitewashed ads this season: Versace, Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, BCBG Max Azria and Forever 21.
However, when it comes to plus-sized models, senior models and transgender models, the number took a plunge compared to Fall 2015. This is mind-boggling, considering that these demographics were receiving quite a substantial amount of media attention. Based on this, we can’t help but agree with Maria Bobila, fashion writer of Fashionista, that “when it comes to casting diversity, the industry tends to take two small steps forward, and one big step back.” What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
- Steven Klein For Versace