In 2016 runways there's still a void of diversity on the runway, and that became glaringly apparent in the Vetements and Balenciaga shows where only white models graced the runway. To that point, supermodelNaomi Campbell expressed disappointment in the lack of support for models of color.
Naomi confessed to Teen Vogue "When I was younger, I encountered this same issue. I would be backstage at shows and there would be stylists who didn’t have any experience working with Black models," she explained. "I’d always bring my own products — my own makeup colors, hair products, everything — just to be sure that I had everything I needed to achieve a certain look. It’s disappointing to hear that models of color are still encountering these same issues all these years later."
As part of a larger plan to bring diversity to the runway, Campbell has joined forces with activist Bethann Hardison and ex-supermodel Iman to create the "Balanced Diversity Initiative." "We’re using our voices to encourage the industry to be inclusive of racial diversity. And this applies to everything from casting models of color to having resources they need for shows, like hair and makeup" Campbell said.