Europe Lags Behind in Fashion Week Body Diversity


Several weeks after The Fashion Spot released its bi-annual report on runway diversity, its findings are still making headlines. This past week, Refinery29 reported that this year’s record-breaking stats drop significantly when New York is excluded from the data. Plus-size model castings, in particular, drop from 54% to 5% in London, Paris, and Milan. Not only that, but only three European brands—Nicholas Kirkwood, Alexander McQueen, and Dolce & Gabbana—were noted for making “any effort” towards body inclusion. According to French model Clémentine Desseaux, this lack of progress stems from European brands being "old, conservative, and very stuck in their ways.” Hopefully this tide starts to change soon, so greater plus-size visibility can be seen on both sides of the pond.

For Further Reading

This isn’t the first time Refinery29 called out Europe’s lack of body inclusivity. Read their initial reporting on the issue here.

Discussion Question

Why do you think European brands are not embracing body diversity? Do you think we will see progress in the near future?

Action Item

It’s no secret that there is plenty of body-shaming and comparison that takes place on social media. Do yourself a favor this week by following a handful of body-positive accounts that promote self-love in the face of society’s standards for the female body.

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