Models at Halpern Fall 2020; Image: John Phillips/BFC/Getty Images for BFC

Now that Fashion Month Fall 2020 has wrapped up and the data has been calculated, it’s time to face facts. Diversity on the runways is starting to swing the other way. For years we were happy to report that racial inclusivity was trending upward season after season, but sadly, now the trend seems to be backtracking. Is it a fluke? Or maybe it has more to do with the fact that New York Fashion Week was scaled back for Fall 2020?

Regardless, this slide needs to be stopped.


While the Spring 2020 season was the most racially diverse one ever, Fall 2020 saw a slight drop. From a high of 41.5 percent models of color (out of 7,390 model castings at 215 major shows) to 40.6 percent (out of 6,879 castings across 194 shows). That’s a little under 1 percent difference. While we’re never happy with a decrease no…

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