THE FALL 2019 RUNWAYS FEATURED MORE RACIAL AND AGE DIVERSITY THAN EVER BEFORE
On Monday, The Fashion Spot released its full diversity report for the Fall 2019 shows, for which it examined the models that walked the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris. As we wrote back in February when the publication reported its New York-specific findings, we await these statistics each season, anxious to see whether there was significant progress, stagnation or a step back in the wrong direction. The most recent numbers — for which The Fashion Spot examined 221 shows and 7,300 model appearances — reflect a complex mix of all of those outcomes.
First, the good news: Fall 2019 marked a milestone when it came to racial diversity, with runways featuring more models of color than ever before. Approximately 38.8 percent of the models were nonwhite, a 2.7 percent spike from the previous season. As is almost always the case, New York led in terms of racial diversity, with 45.8 percent of the models cast identified as nonwhite. Not only was the Fall 2019 season the most racially diverse on record but nearly a third of the New York shows featured a 50 percent (or more) nonwhite model lineup. (read more)