Diversity Rules! Part 4: Wilhelmina

Posted by stephan | February 23rd, 2015

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Diversity Rules! Part 4:
Wilhelmina
“For many seasons the activist in me tried to figure out what to do about the problem at hand regarding the lack of racial diversity on the runways, in editorials and fashion advertising.

I have addressed the industry by having town hall meetings, gaining international media support, even naming those who lack the sense of responsibility of incorporating models of color. And after being given the CFDA’s Founders Award in June 2014 for upfront confrontation and determination to change how things are done and seen, still we lag at where we should be as an industry.

Surely there has been some improvement.

Where there is clear improvement over the years…are the model agencies. They have improved their inclusion of the model of color and continue to seek those beauties.

So I decided, instead of looking at what and where it isn’t happening (for now), to show where it continues to grow. There are agencies with far more ethnic models than others, but there are many still open to growth.

I decided to reflect what I saw here with the support of Models.com and the model agencies.

We are continuing our series with Wilhelmina.

It was truly my pleasure and pride, to see and meet the models that I selected to represent their agencies and to link the others the agency represented as well.

No doubt, it’s a beautiful movement.”

Bethann Hardison

All Models: Wilhelmina New York (New York)
Edited by Bethann Hardison

Photos by Hans Neumann (De Facto) for Models.com
Hair: Martin Christopher Harper
Makeup: Cyndle Komarovski
Retoucher: Tatiana Chebotareva
Bethann Hardison portrait by Hans Neumann for Models.com
Video interviews by Bethann Hardison
Art direction: Stephan Moskovic
Video editing: Andrea Fumagalli @ Blue Barn Pictures
Producer: Jazmin Alvarez

Daniela
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Djenice
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Emely
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Jasmine
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Kwak
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Lula
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Neelam
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11 Comments

  1. Susie says:

    Amazing Wilhelmina !!!!!!

  2. RRRaul415 says:

    That Emely needs to be in front of action cameras not still cameras!

  3. Joe says:

    Neelam is amazing

  4. Caroline says:

    DANIELA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Luis Granados says:

    We love Daniela!!! To see her grow and do what she likes makes us feel very proud of her here in Tijuana, B.C.

  6. Pat Lyttle says:

    Awesome feature. Well executed, beautifully done, a great mix and most interesting. Am telling the world to check it out.

  7. crissy says:

    I absolutely Love jasmine

  8. Casey says:

    JASMINE…..WOW

  9. Anna says:

    Neelaaaaammmm!! :D I love this series!! Such a beautiful initiative. xx

  10. curt says:

    Top Middle girl

  11. VSfan88 says:

    I don’t think these girls are strong enough to make an impact.

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