Wow this is pretty awesome, and shows how things are changing in the area of fashion and modelling. Interestingly, I just published my interview with Gemma Chan who started her career as a model and this is what she said to me:
Gosh, well I did modelling for a year to save up for drama school and really it was a means to an end. And in general and particularly at that time ( 10 years ago or so) the fashion industry was tough and models were not treated well. It was really hard. To be honest, I can’t say that I really loved it.
Chan’s experience was over 10 years ago, and I think its great to see that strides are being made. Before I get into the main premise of this post, I just wanted to remind everyone that Kelsey Merritt has become the first Filipino American to walk in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and this is something we should be rejoicing. So let me now get into the main premise of this post which is also pretty damn awesome.
The Huff Post reports that fashion designer and label CLAUDIA LI has cast ALL Asian models for her New York Fashion Week Show. Yups, you heard it right! Now this is amazing as it is something we hardly see and the fashion industry has always been notorious in being cut throat and controversial in terms of the industry. Anyways, Li told Huff Post that she made this decision consciously to “highlight the diversity and uniqueness among Asian-American women”. And to show that Asian Americans are not a monolithic group. Here is more of the interview on Huff Post:
“I feel like often the fashion industry just tries to check a box — i.e., ‘We need an Asian girl for our show.’ But what kind of Asian girl? A Filipino girl? Singaporean? Chinese? Korean? ‘Asian’ doesn’t mean one thing,” she said. “I feel like the word ‘Asian’ just means one thing to a lot of people, and we are not just one note. There’s incredible diversity.”
“As an Asian woman, I am automatically seen in a certain way. For me, it’s about recognizing that within a race, there is diversity as well,” she said. “There is not one standard Asian beauty. Every Asian woman looks different, and there are different personalities. Asian girls do listen to punk rock and heavy metal and hip-hop. There is not a singular way of defining what Asian is.”
Ultimately, she said, she aimed to celebrate individuality.
“It made me really proud to see an all-Asian runway,” she said. “I feel excited for the future of Fashion Week because this is an important conversation that needs to happen — not just for New York Fashion Week but for every Fashion Week.”
The pictures look awesome!
Images via Huff Post
To read the original article, please click on: Designer Casts All Asian Models For New York Fashion Week Show