The number of women of color modeling during Fashion Week every year is dismally low. It’s a clear sign the fashion industry has a long way to go to break down racial barriers and do a much better job at representing women of color.
But it’s not just the representation. It’s the racism models of color face even when they turn up at their job. Model Chanel Iman succinctly summarizes the racism in the fashion industry she personally faced in one sentence.