Friday, February 1, 2008

The First Day of Fashion Week Also Marks the First Day of Black History Month

People are talking about the lack of ethnic diversity among the models on the runways, but did you know that Tracy Reese is the only black designer to show inside the Bryant Park tents this week?

In other fashion diversity news, casting director Jennifer Venditti was interviewed for the Wall Street Journal, recounting an incident when a client's stylist insisted that she didn't need to hire a second black model because they already had one. Venditti told her "They're both beautiful. Why can't you have two?" As for whether the industry is open to lasting change, Venditti offered her real opinion on the matter. "In general, [the industry] is a bunch of followers," she says. But "the conversation has started."

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