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Busting The Myth Of The Lack Of 'Diversity' In Fashion

07 April 2016

by Tamara Dumas and Joe Alvarez

“Despite Gains, the Fall 2016 Runways Were Still Less Than 25 Percent Diverse”, claims recent ‘report’ published on fashionspot.com.

The 'report' then attempts to make a loud statement claiming: "for every influential designer that takes a stand for inclusion on the runway, there's another that dismisses the need for diversity altogether."

 

The main finding of the first part of  the report is summarised in one simple pie chart with big red inscription 'Less than ¼ -or 24,75%- of models employed on New York, London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks were 'models of colour''.

DSC_5616 Ethnic Minorities are over-represented on London F

The 'report' applauds New York Fashion Week for bringing the diversity in to the masses; more than a third of its cast were 'models of colour'. A special applause goes to Kanye West for employing 100% 'ethnic' (!) models –no diversity here, but it's 'okay' because there are no whites involved- and Zac Posen with an 87%.

 

London Fashion Week however, is criticised again for employing only 20% of non-white models.

 

In the 'report' by an obviously biased Jessica Andrews, the white Western world has yet again been blamed for not being 'diverse enough', while the likes of Kanye West are brought to the pedestal of creating a 'diverse environment'... Such nonsense is nothing new, the accusations are just a mere follow up to the hypocritical tripe of #OscarsSoWhite and #BAFTASSoWhite campaigns.

Ethnic Minorities are over-represented in Fashion

Needless to say, the debate is getting a lot of support from top models like Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell who don't miss their chance to say how hard the life of a black model is.

 

What they conveniently omit to mention though, is how tough competition leaves tens of thousands of white models out of work too – pretty and dying to secure some decent modelling contract. Modelling is very hard to get established in for any race. And even more worrying, unless they associate themselves with some 'downtrodden' minority group, their voices will never be heard or taken in to account. White unemployed models will never be interviewed for a glossy mag or even a blog because their statement is not strong enough to send big ripples through the –unfounded- guilt-soaked minds of our society.

 

How much is too much?

 

We are all aware of the main rule of a goal-setting - the goal should be measurable. The very fact that we know our target figure makes the process a lot clearer. It helps to measure the performance and develop a suitable strategy.

 

There doesn't appear to be any sort of agreed or accepted merit in the game of blaming white West. The 'report' itself doesn't suggest the 'satisfactory' ratio of white to non-white models, leaving readers guessing. By the tone of the 'report' we can only grasp that a quarter is clearly not enough and that we should feel guilty for yet another 'diversity failure'.

 

The lack of a clear and widely-accepted figure means only one thing; whatever we 'achieve', we will STILL be blamed by liberals, socialists and some unprofessional 'reporters' -bloggers mainly- with the tired clichéd 'chip on their shoulder' all the same. Funnily, these 'reporters' never focus on the incentives supporting solely ethnic minorities and 'people of colour', which there are plenty.

 

Positive Discrimination AKA Double Standards

 

Can such thing as positive discrimination exist, or does it still mean that one will suffer as a result of the preferential treatment towards another?

 

There is plethora of various awards and other incentives supporting solely ethnic minorities, in particular 'people of colour'. Countless societies and campaigns spend fortunes to 'proudly support' minorities and promote the cause of diversity – in our day and age there is some sort of misplaced nobility in campaigning for 'racial diversity'. Great examples are Black Entertainment Awards (BEFFTA), the utterly racist performance at the SuperBowl by Beyonce with dancers dressed as the Black Panthers terrorist group, also the Black Girls Rock! Awards and Africa Fashion Week London and New York. Guess how many white nominees, designers and models take part in these? Exactly. The organisers are quite open about their purposes and don't concern themselves with the fact that they only worsen the atmosphere of division and exclusion. The speakers take turns in proclaiming their superiority and hit yet another nail in to the coffin of integration and equality.

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Credit Fashionspot

Credit Fashionspot

A few nights ago the 'black' world celebrated the Black Girls Rock! Awards. The event was very favourably covered by mainstream media because it is okay to discriminate against white people who make only 15 per cent of the world population. The honorary white guest on the event was USA presidential candidate Hilary Clinton who counts for voices of 'ethnic minorities'.

 

On the other hand, how many events we know of that openly aim to promote exclusively white talents? Coming from white people it would be seen as nothing more than a blatant 'racism'.

 

The wide acceptance by some media and most Western governments of double standards is undeniable and anyone who draws the attention to the topic is labelled as 'racist' by liberals, socialists, and general misinformed 'do-gooders'. We finally need to start calling things what they are and admit the fact that we are dealing with quite aggressive racism towards the white population. Police records revealed recently are in complete alignment with that – the number of attacks on white Americans by non-whites has always been very high and has sky-rocketed over the last few years.

 

When everything else fails, let stats be the judge

 

Statistics are a great tool when it comes to factual reporting. Leaving emotions behind, the above report clearly states that London Fashion Week saw 20% of non-white models hitting the runway this season. Compared to the data from 2011 UK Census (92.12% White; 4,39% Asians; 1,95% Black; 1,15%. Mixed), 20% is 2,5 times higher than the average across the country.

Black Girls Rock IMG_5856 BEFFTA Awards

"There are definitely a lot more girls of colour being represented. But I also feel like we’re 100% 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."

 

Jourdan Dunn

If anything, the fact that ethnic minorities were over-represented by more than 200% the national average for four seasons running should be applauded and celebrated by 'diversity' advocates and not sold to us as 'failure'.

 

Ethnic minorities over-represented in Fashion, TV and Media

 

Despite what some biased media may tell you, the statistics clearly show a reason for ethnic minorities to celebrate some victory. Not only ethnic minorities are way over-represented in fashion, but also in TV shows, news channels and commercials – where the ratio is very close to 60/40.  Thus, with those stats, it is actually harder for white folk to get into those industries as a percentage. The many that do, tend to do it through sheer hard work and determination, and not simply by -what started as well-meaning and now- misguided social engineering.

Beyonce pays tribute to the terrorist organisation Black Panthers in her Super Bowl 2016 performance

BEFFTAS so black but it's  deemed 'OK'