Diverse casting, in both race and body type, seems to have hit an all-time high at New York Fashion Week.
Plus-size models like Candice Huffine were spotted on the same catwalk as Joan Smalls and Bella Hadid during Prabal Gurung’s pro-feminist show. During the finale, Huffine wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Our Minds Our Bodies Our Power” alongside other models clad in pro-feminist tees.
At Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin’s dreamy Tome show, new fresh-faced, plus-size models debuted a collection that was largely influenced by the 1980s feminist art group the Guerrilla Girls.
Likewise at Christian Siriano‘s star-studded affair at the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, the show featured not one but 10 gorgeous, curvy models in Siriano’s glamorous red-carpet-ready designs. These models walked the runway alongside veterans such as Alek Wek and Karolina Kurkova. Siriano’s inclusivity of body-positive models is no surprise, considering his past public record of dressing Hollywood’s set of curvier women — when it seemed no designer would.
At Gypsy Sport, models of all races, colors, and sizes took over the catwalk, including prominent albino model Diandra Forrest. This inclusivity, regardless of gender, race, or sexuality, has always been part of Rio Uribe‘s ethos for Gyspy Sport.
At J.Crew, the iconic American heritage brand showcased its latest collection with a wide cast of models. Men, women, and children, both young and old, whose eclectic professions (none merely say “model”) range from artist to designer to fashion editor and more, all helped contribute to define who the J.Crew person is today.
At a time of strained race relations in the country’s political climate, the fashion community has responded in the best way — with love, support, and inclusivity for all.
Click ahead to see all our favorite diverse moments at New York Fashion Week and check back as the week continues.