Tyson Beckford Bitches about Fashion Diversity

By Tuesday, February 12, 2008 1 No tags Permalink 0

Diversity on the catwalks at fashion week has always been an issue. And now that more of the big names have retired from doing shows the few black models are few and far between. Tyson made his voice hear to the Associated Press about the lack of minority models on the catwalks. “What happened to all the black people on the runway? There used to be myself, Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb, Tyra Banks,” Beckford said. “There used to be a lot of us out there, but today a lot of the designers just aren’t catering to black people.”

And Tyson is right but I have a bigger question and statement…

“Besides Tyra Banks, what are the other famous African-American models doing to insure that more Black models make it to the runways?”

Now Tyra has Top Model ans has used that as a platform to help women of color break down the doors of the fashion world. Tocarra, Eva, Niama, Saleisha, Danielle, and Jade have all gone on to do more work in the fashion business via the bump given by Top Model. But what has Tyson or Naomi done to help a new generation of Black models make it high fashion runways? You can expect designers who are only use to booking white girls to suddenly start booking more African-American, Latin, or Asian models. You have to help the next generation get into the door and help them get work if you want to see them there. Otherwise we will have to only look to Baby Phat and Sean John to bring in people of color to Fashion Week.

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  • Layla
    March 4, 2008

    I never really like Tyson Beckford and his sense of style anyway.

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