With Fashion Week having just wrapped in New York and currently having its stint in London, the topic of diversity on the runway is a constant.
In a segment that aired last week on Good Morning America, model turned activist Bethann Hardison, alongside fashion icons Iman and Naomi Campbell, unloaded their displeasure with the lack of diversity on runways, specifically pinpointing Fall 2013 shows of designers Calvin Klein, Armani, and Donna Karan, to name a few.
The ladies have formed an advocacy group called the Diversity Coalition in response to these acts.
…it doesn’t matter what color you are. If you’ve got the right talent, you should be up there and have the right opportunity to do the job.
This is not the business of shaming…no one is calling any of these designers racist. The act itself [of choosing against models of color] is racism.
Iman added that there were more black models working in the ’70s as opposed to 2013, and feels the fashion industry, in a sense, has taken a step backward. Watch the video up top for more about the initiative of the Diversity Coalition, and how Hardison, Campbell, and Iman plan to push it forward.