Fashion Week. Racially Diverse Runways?

We aren’t going to hold our breathe but… according to top casting director Daniel Peddle, who is currently casting New York Fashion Week (in a frenzy we’re sure…), runways might look a little different this year. Instead of a slew of blonde, porcelain models, you might not be able to pin down the race of the model you’re ogling. Not exactly racial diversity, but closer than we’ve ever been perhaps. Peddle’s favorites? Magdalena Frackowiak and Arlenis Sosa, who definitely have an air of ambiguity.

Sosa and Frackowiak

Peddle elaborated with these comments. We like his description of modern ambiguity and his commitment to push his aesthetic, despite uncooperative designers:

"We really like the tomboy look — not necessarily masculine in their face but they have sort of hardness to them while maintaining their elegance. Another thing this season is trying to discern from all the girls out there the ones that are ethnically ambiguous. Girls and boys that have faces that you can’t just put in a certain place or race or geography. I think it’s very helpful to see those types of faces in our conflicted world because you can see that we’re still evolving as humans and they are the results of people willing to go beyond the socially constructed notions around race … With the Internet and the way that everyone is so connected now it’s not something you can overlook anymore. I don’t think it’s possible to do a modern show and have it be all blondes. I understand that sometimes a designer has an aesthetic that dictates something like that and of course we’re going to work with them to achieve their goals but personally I don’t find that to be a very modern statement."


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Whew, a long quote but worth reading for a preview of what we’ll see in NYC!

Source: The Cut

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