Surprising Findings




TrebayGuy’s article published in the NewYork Timesentitled “Runways Fade to White” is highly enlightening andsurprising. The 2007 article reveals issues of bigotry on a sectorthat many people would find shocking. According to the article, thefashion industry, particularly the runway, is highly racial as itonly prefers to employ and promote white models, while black onesfind it difficult to secure contracts to work in this sector. Thewriter further acknowledges that while the shocking prejudice existsin the world, it mostly goes unheeded in the fashion segment, as fewpeople pay attention to it. Surprisingly, this is a current practicebecause previously, black faces were included in fashion shows. Giventhat, we are in the 21stcentury, one would expect that the racial discrimination issue to beeliminated from the fashion world. However, it is astounding that thesituation is getting worse as there are fewer black models nowadaysthan before.

Fashionis one avenue where people from different backgrounds express theirculture, personality, and individuality. As such, I expected it to bea diverse field and among the least racist places. Designers areexpected to represent all ethnicities in equal measure (Tammy, 2015).Hence, I anticipated that they will use an array of models that canidentify with women of different nationalities. When designers andrunway promoters depict disparity in hiring models and opt not toselect people of color to represent them they are showing prejudice.Therefore, I found the information that black models are not signedup in major fashion corporations shocking because employers shouldconsider the qualifications as opposed to color (Watson, 2010).According to the article, some fashion organizations categoricallyspecify that only Caucasian models are required, ruling out theopportunity for black models to represent such agencies (Trebay,2007). It is also shocking that many fashion agencies often fail tocall interviewed black models back claiming that they would acquiresuccess in Europe than in places like New York. Consequently, sinceblack models are finding it difficult to secure jobs at places likeNew York, succeeding abroad would be even more challenging.


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