During the 2016 runway shows, we saw a small handful of curve models hitting the NYFW runways for the very first time, walking for renowned international fashion houses like Michael Kors and Prabal Gurung. It made us wonder...was this inclusion of curve models done for press purposes, or was this going to be a runway change, here to stay for good? With NYFW having just ended, it looks as though curvier models are now officially a part of runway shows, which is seriously game changing. Why? - For so many years, we have been brain washed into believing that being tall and slim is the most attractive type of beauty, as this is the most commonly used body type across fashion and media. Which in turn leads to a multitude of body image issues - body dysmorphia, obsessive exercising, extreme diets and even worse, the onset of anorexia and bulimia, both life threatening illnesses.
Whilst curves are becoming more widely accepted thanks to the Kardashian clan, body image is still a widespread issue for both young girls and women. There is no denying that fashion designers are partly to blame for these issues surrounding body image, as 99.9% of the industry continues to use the tall & thin model stereotype. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this body type, what is wrong, is that fashion is rarely shown on other body types that clearly exist. Fashion is made for all, so why is it not advertised for all?
We would like to officially raise our hands to these four New York designers; Christian Siriano, Chromat, Prabal Gurung and Michael Kors, who are expressing size inclusion and diversity on their runways. Having featured their new collections on a variety of different models, from slender to curvy, from blondes to brunettes, from Asian women to African American women, all of who look equally as stunning. And the best thing is, more girls and women around the globe will develop a stronger sense of inclusion and self acceptance as they see models who look more like them!!
Here's our round up of our fave runway looks from these select four designers. The diversity is so loud and clear, it has us literally cheering for industry change.
1. Christian Siriano
3. Prabal Gurung
4. Michael Kors
All images are courtesy of https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows
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