Paris Fashion Week Fails To Champion Diversity

From Chloe to Lavin, the SS17 catwalks are filled with predominantly white models…again

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Since Paris Fashion Week started on Tuesday, fashion lovers have been blessed with the sight of Anthony Vaccarello's sexy debut collection, dreamy chiffon layers at Chloé, floral prints at Dries Van Noten and sheer maxis at Lanvin.

But one thing is clearly missing – diversity.

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The Chloé show had just eight women of colour out of 44 models walk their SS17 runway show.

At Lanvin, it was just five out of 50.

Rochas showed just three out of 33.

Lemaire featured as few as two out of 32.

It's not exactly been a stellar week for a true representation of society on the catwalk, has it?

One show that clearly celebrated diversity was yesterday's Balmain runway, where the likes of Lais Ribeiro, Cindy Bruna and Maria Borges graced the catwalk, given creative director Olivier Rousteing desire to show real women wearing his clothes.

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Last year, Rousteing told BBC Newsnight: 'All my girls are different ages, different shapes, they can be young, they can be mum (sic), it just depends. I love showing a reality on my catwalk and I think we are going back to that.

'Sometimes we forget that fashion is a white world,' he added.

Unfortunately, the view that women of all backgrounds, skin colors and ethnicities should be represented on the catwalk is currently not one that is shared ubiquitously in the fashion industry.

Paris Fashion Week's blatant lack of diversity comes just five months after model Jourdan Dunn exclusively told ELLE: 'There are definitely a lot more girls of colour being represented. But I also feel like we're 100 per cent still not there.

'I want to see us get to a place where seeing a black girl, anywhere, is not such a big deal.

'Why can't it just be the norm to see black models in campaigns and on covers and runways? It's still too much of a big thing when this happens,' she says.

Diversity is the norm therefore it should be the norm on the runway.

Listen up, fashion.

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