Chrissy Teigen Lets Rip On The Underrepresentation Of Asian Models In Fashion

The model and Twitter genius has spoken out about the lack of diversity and inclusion of Asian models in the fashion industry, days after Vogue released their controversial 'diversity' issue.

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Earlier this week, Chrissy Teigen was asking us all to stop referring to her marriage to singer John Legend as #RelationshipGoals, given the fact basic compassion and love should be a mainstay in a relationship, not an aspiration.

However, now the 31-year-old is drawing our attention to a much more important issue in the fashion industry – appropriation and the underrepresentation of Asian models.

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In an interview with E! News at the launch party for the Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 issue – in which Teigen models in for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Luna last year – the Utah-born star said: 'I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models, and I think Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry, especially on the runways or in magazines.'

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'I personally am not offended by cultural appropriation of any sort because I feel like it does pay homage, but at the same time there are a lot of beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Asian women that could do the same thing,' said the model, whose mother is Thai.

Teigen's comments comes days after Vogue US magazine released its controversial 'diversity' issue which saw Karlie Kloss styled as a geisha and Ashley Graham covering her thigh with her hand on the magazine's cover, while Gigi Hadid hides part of the plus-sized model's torso.

Amid the political statements about diversity, immigration and inclusivity that have been championed at New York Fashion Week – both on and off the catwalk – the model of Thai, German, and Norwegian heritage also took the opportunity to touch on the lack of diversity in the film industry.

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'I think it's really important to start embracing people…seeing them in roles that are not necessarily 'That Asian Girl' or 'That Asian Boy'… In movies you're like 'Oh, this Asian girl is dating this white guy' — I want that to be normal,' she added.

This isn't the first time the Lip Sync Battle presenter has spoken out about the need for television, fashion and television to be more inclusive of other ethnicities.

Last year, the model tweeted about the appalling favoritism of white women in the Miss Teen USA pageant 2016 – a tweet that was retweeted over 106,000 times.

Snaps to Chrissy for highlighting the need to celebrate beauty and talent, no matter what the ethnic background.

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