Saint Laurent brings diversity to the fashion industry

Diversity is on the rise, The Fashion Spot reports. The trend which first appeared on New York Fashion Week’s every single catwalk (in total, models of color amounted to 27.9 percent at NYFW, an increase from the two seasons before) has seemingly seeped into the pages of magazines through the year. In it’s latest extensive analysis TFS concludes that a record number of nonwhite models were cast in major Fall 2017 print ads.

Models of color accounted for 30.4 percent of Fall 2017 print ad appearances,  twice as much as two falls ago. The rise can be attributed to brands like Dolce & Gabbana (with a cast of 63 percent models of color) and Saint Laurent (which cast three out of four models as women of color, a vast improvement from their 2001-2015 campaigns which had none as The Fashion Spot points out).

Adwoa Aboah, who is of partial Ghanian decent, was also one of the most cast models overall with five campaigns to her name -a good sign although she is the only nonwhite model in the top ten list.

Women over the age of 50 also saw more representation this season than last and more transgender women were featured in campaigns this season than ever.

The most inclusive campaigns from a racial standpoint came from Saint Laurent, Coach, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, Helmut Lang and Nordstrom reports TFS.

Read the full Fall 2017 ad campaign diversity report here.