The Diversity Coaltion certainly made an impact this season, as runways appeared to have a bit more color this go round. Houses that were lambasted for not using black models–including Céline, Calvin Klein, and Prada–diversified their ranks, adding more than a few fresh faces for our viewing pleasure. Aside from the obvious players like Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, and Jasmine Tookes, these 7 young ladies snagged gigs with some of fashion’s heaviest hitters, and looked flawless while doing so.
Take a look at a small selection:
1. Grace Mahary
Seen on the runways of: Fendi, Givenchy, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, Paco Rabanne, Dries van Noten, Gareth Pugh, Anthony Vaccarello, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Sportmax, Fendi, Prada, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, L’Wren Scott, Matthew Williamson, Preen, Topshop Unique, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, and many many more.
The Eritrean Canadian has been putting in major work all Fashion Month, stomping for over 30 shows between New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci gave Grace her first big break when he booked her exclusively to walk in the brand’s Fall 2012 show–she’s been working to the utmost ever since.
Biracial beauty Malaika Firth made waves when she appeared in Prada’s most recent campaign; she was the 2nd black woman to do so since Naomi Campbell almost 20 years prior. The British Bombshell rode the momentum of her editorial debut, and got her twirl on with a slew of top tier designers.
Seen on the runways of: Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Saint Laurent, Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Céline, Acne, Chalayan, Philipp Plein, Missoni, Marni, Prada, Fendi, Giles, House of Holland, J.W. Anderson, Jeremy Scott, Vera Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Creatures of the Wind, Rebecca Taylor.
The Tennessee native moves like a jaguar on the catwalk, so it’s no surprise she booked exclusives with Marc Jacobs and Versace during her first season of shows. Now you can find her steaming it up for everyone from Roberto Cavalli to Saint Laurent. She’s also rivaling Grace’s busy show schedule with 25 bookings during Fashion Month. Work!
Seen on the runways of: Calvin Klein, Gucci, Jil Sander, Acne, Vanessa Bruno, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, Dries Van Noten, Costume National, Tod’s, Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Y-3.
Kingston, Jamaican born Kai Newman had quite a respectable showing this month with appearances at Acne, Dries van Noten, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Seen on the runways of: Givenchy, Elie Saab, Roland Mouret, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, Anthony Vaccarello, Giorgio Armani, MSGM, Philipp Plein, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Byblos, Antonio Berardi, Blugirl, Ports 1961.
Seen on the runways of: Moschino, Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro, Maiyet, Ermanno Scervino, Gianfranco Ferre, Philipp Plein, Salvatore Ferragamo, Trussardi, Erdem, Matthew Williamson, Anna Sui, DVF, Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Honor.
Beautiful work, ladies! And it’s nice to see which designers actually responded to the Diversity Coalition’s plea for more brown faces.
What do you think?