Reinventing the runway

AP PHOTOS/ zacharie scheurer

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In the almost decade I’ve been writing about style, there are two complaints that spring up as often as Nina Garcia in the front row of a fashion show. Complaint one: The models are too skinny. Complaint two: All the models on the catwalk are white. The more I heard these complaints, the more I started taking note of them. As it turns out, these malcontents are right.

There was not much diversity to be had on the runway during Fashion Week in New York this year. The shows are filled with slicked-back ponytails, silk gowns, and ashen faces. Welcome to the smokey eyeshadow fashion cotillion! To counter this, former supermodels Iman and Naomi Campbell launched an initiative calling for more models of color. They didn’t call designers racist, but they said excluding models of color was a racist act.

But I suspect the groundswell around a fashion show that

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