A Look At The Most Diverse Shows at NYFW

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The fashion industry seems finally up to speed when it came to diversity on the runway. We took a look at the model castings at some of the biggest shows to see which brands felt like representation matters the most.

Christian Siriano

So much beauty on the runway yesterday. #siriano10 #nyfw

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Celebrating a decade in the business Christian Siriano had a massive undertaking of 72 larger than life looks. Models like Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine, Sabina Karlsson, Tara Lynn, Maryse Kye, Nykhor Paul, Liu Xu and Yue Han all took a twirl amongst the grandiose set. Actresses Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks even got in on the runway fun.

Brandon Maxwell

Brandon Maxwell always has his returning cast of muses like Riley Montana, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Hyun Ji Shin, Blesnya Minher,Maria Borges, and Adwoa Aboah. Focusing on nighttime romanticism the collection felt deeply personal and fanciful with its sequined red carpet frocks and elegantly casual day wear.


Chromat has focused on diversity in all forms since its inception and faces like Denise Bidot, Geena Rocero, Carmen Carrera, Sabina Karlsson, Diandra Forrest returned to strut in skintight looks.

Pyer Moss

Fresh off a Reebok collaboration, Pyer Moss made a bold Black History Month statement with an all black line up with rapper Vic Mensa, singer Justine Skye, Sira Kante, Brynn Bonner, Abdulaye Niang and much more.


Sora Choi nabbed her first opening slot for Coach and faces like Adesuwa Aighewi, Abdulaye Niang, Alyssa Traoré, Selena Forrest, Jing Wen, He Jing, Wangy , and Anarcius Jean were also all part of the megawatt show.

Gypsy Sport

Repost from @cfda. . . . . . . Hi! 👋 I’m 🌟 Desmond 🌟 from NYC. 🗽 . I'm a drag kid, dragutante, dragketeer, and draganista doing what I like to call kinderdrag 🍭. I'm a total drag slayer 🐉. I am also the youngest member of the original iconic pioneering voguing ballroom house, the House of UltraOmni. . I have the best 😘 fans, my AMAZIES! I am sincerely grateful for your love ♥ and support. . I call my looks 'androgynously' and my style 🎨 'avant drag'. I'm inspired by RuPaul, the fashions of the Club Kids and Blitz Kids, the artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, designers John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Commes Des Garçons, Nelson Sullivan videos, altdrag, and do-it-yourself drag ✂. I design or style my own outfits. . I'm an awarded LGBTQ advocate. Marsha P. Johnson is a huge inspiration and motivation for me. My motto is "Be Yourself, Always" 🌈. . I am also the founder of the first drag house for drag kids, the @hausofamazing, set to open for membership soon (tentatively March 2018). . . . 👉  #altdrag #androgynously #avantdrag #boysinmakeup #clubkid #clubkids #diydrag #draganista #dragart #dragartist #dragketeer #dragkid #dragkids #dragqueer #dragslayer #dragsuperstar #dragutante #futureofdrag #genderisadrag #kidsindrag #kinderdrag #mydragisamazing #mygenderisamazing #nycdrag #preteenqueen – #desmondisamazing #beyourselfalways #amazies – #houseofultraomni #hausofamazing

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Gypsy Sport looked to the underground for casting inspiration for his latest collection and faces like The Clermont Twins, musicians Shamir and Junglepussy, Jazzelle Zanaughtti, and 10-year-old LGBTQIA activist Desmond of @DesmondIsAmazing fame all grace the Pier 59 stage.

Alexander Wang

Backstage at #WANGINC

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A covetable show like Alexander Wang is always great to land but this season was notable with over 20 Asian models in the line up. Sijia Kang, Chunjie Liu, Ling Tan, EZ , and Sohyun Jung were some of top picks.

Calvin Klein

Raf Simons is all about the movies with notable stars clamoring to sit front row at Calvin Klein. His created a thrilling popcorn catwalk with faces like Liya Kebede, Selena Forrest, Lineisy Montero, Alyssa Traoré, Adut Akech, Ernesto Cervantes, Christian Heritage, Kalib Besher and newcomer Fatou Jobe.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors had 40 models of diverse ages, sizes and shades like Karen Elson, Ashley Graham, Adwoa Aboah, Imari Karanja,Sohyun Jung, Bom Chan Lee, Dipti Sharma, Nora Attal, Kohei Takabatake, Kesewa Aboah, and Kirsten Owen just to name a few.

Marc Jacobs

Huge flourishes, gestures, broad strokes and silhouettes • @osonghwa • #MJFW18

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If you peeked under those epic hat and shawl combos and technicolor hair, Marc Jacobs had one of his most diverse castings yet with faces like Alek Wek, Cristina Piccone, Ariel Nicholson, Liu Xu, Olivia Anakwe, Sijia Kang, Dara Allen, Winnie Harlow, and Aiden Curtiss walking for the colossal week closer.

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  1. It’s great to see this — and great to recognize the big guys finally getting on board with diversity and inclusion, but it’d be nice to hear about the trailblazing small brands and design houses who’ve been working since day #1 to make a difference that ultimately made it “ok” for the big guys to finally play along.

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