Has Fashion Week become more diverse?
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Has Fashion Week become more diverse?

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Every year the conversation surrounding the lack of diversity at Fashion Week resurfaces, and this year isn't any different. The fashion industry is notorious for its obsession with whiteness but in recent years, the industry has aimed to be more inclusive by introducing people of color and disabled individuals to the runway. But some people believe the industry has a long way to go before it can consider itself "inclusive." Do you think fashion week is inclusive? 

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According to The Cut, the industry takes one step forward then one step back by over saturating one marginalized group then neglecting another. More women of color walked in shows during last year's Fashion Week, but the percentage were still low.

This season, more women of color walked the runway than ever before, but they still make up a small fraction of models. Only 32.5 percent of all castings went to models of color, which is a 2.3 point increase from spring 2018 (7,608 models walked this season in total).
Per usual, New York was the most racially diverse city, followed by London, Paris, and Milan. This is the first season that nonwhite models accounted for over 30 percent of Parisian castings. Meanwhile, in Milan, this was the first season the number of models of color cast exceeded 25 percent.

But designers and brands like Chromat are all about diversity. Their runway featured a hijab-wearing model, a model who showed off her breast cancer scars, and models of various shapes and colors. 

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