Model highlights hair-raising disparities in fashion industry

Fashion should be an industry that is representative and inclusive of all, but when it doesn’t even support the models that bolster its business, there is obviously some room for improvement.

This became apparent when Londone Myers, a model for big-name labels like Dior, Chloé and Louis Vuitton “posted a time-lapse video on Instagram that documents her being ignored by hairstylists” when she showed up to model for New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2018 shows, according to PopSugar.

In her video, PopSugar says Myers is seen sitting patiently while wearing headphones as   white models were busy being primped and readied for the runway. Even though Myers told Teen Vogue that she normally styles her hair herself prior to shows (and on this day, she did not prep beforehand), she captioned her video with a plea to stylists to be more inclusive in their work.

“I don’t need special treatment from anyone,” she wrote, according to PopSugar. “What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. I’m so tired of people avoiding doing my hair at shows. How dare you try to send me down the runway with a linty busted afro.”

Other black models, she said, only had their hair styled because they spoke French, reports PopSugar, thus helping them get the attention they needed; but when Myers finally flagged a stylist, she said “that due to the discrimination, the hairstylist left her and the other black women looking ‘unpolished.'” As a result of Myers’ experience, other models have shared similar experiences, says PopSugar, with many of them offering that they, too, have had to style their own hair prior to shows.

But just as fashion should be for all, so also should hair styling that allows models in the industry to feel as beautiful and confident as possible — no matter their hair type, skin color or circumstance.

 

Graham gives fashion week advice

Ashely Graham knows a thing or two about injecting a bit of body diversity into the fashion industry, and at this season’s New York Fashion Week, she truly outdid herself by featuring all body types on the runway of her lingerie show for Addition Elle. But, the trailblazing model wishes she could say the same for other fashion shows.

According to Cosmopolitan, Graham told Yahoo Style that Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show should have added curvier models to their already diverse lineup walking down the runway.

“I was at Fenty last night, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?” she said, before adding that “it was a very diverse group of women, which was really nice.”

Hopefully, with more people like Graham speaking out on the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry, things will finally begin to change.

 

Hasibuan’s show full of firsts for NYFW

New York Fashion Week debuts a number of the most cutting-edge styles from today’s most prominent designers, but one designer’s recent show pushed the boundaries of the fashion industry in a whole new way.

Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan debuted her new collection — inspired by her hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia — at the Moynihan Station venue this week, according to ELLE, and her show was full of firsts. ELLE reports that not only was Hasibuan the first Indonesian designer to show at an official fashion week venue, she is also “the first to present a collection that has every look outfitted with hijabs.”

The designs from her D’Jakarta collection include “with trousers, suits, kimonos, tunics, and gowns all in colorful silks and patterns,” says ELLE, and each of the 48 pieces shown was styled with a hijab.

But make no mistake: these were no ordinary pieces; from peplum-style tunics to embellished kimonos, each was designed with the rich culture of Indonesia in mind.

“I want to bring the Indonesian name to the fashion world, and use my clothes to introduce people to the different and diverse parts of Indonesia,” Hasibuan told The Jakarta Postaccording to ELLE.

Capping off her runway show of firsts was a standing ovation, says ELLE — something they note is a “rare right” at fashion week.

To check out some of Hasibuan’s styles, click here.