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New York Fashion Week made history this month, as it boasted the most racially diverse catwalks of all time.
According to reports, women of color made up 37.3% of all castings, making it the most racially diverse NYFW in history. Naturally, there’s still a long way to go, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. The only way is up!
And it isn’t just in New York where things are changing for the better. To prove just how diverse Fashion Month as a whole is becoming, we simply have to look to Prada at Milan Fashion Week.
For the second time in history, the iconic Prada show was opened by a black woman, which is a pretty big deal. Gargantuan, even. Previously, way back in 1997, Naomi Campbell became the first black woman to open the Italian fashion House’s catwalk show in its entire Fashion Month history. She was the first and only black model to do so, until this month…
So who is this new model who had the honor of making history? Discovered just one year ago at Howard University’s homecoming, her name is Anok Yai, she’s 19 years old, and she’s going to be huge. And of course, she too noted just how ground-breaking her casting was…
“This is something that I’d only dream of,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of herself walking in the show.
“Thank you Ms Prada, Olivier Rizzo @willyvanderperre @ashleybrokaw @kylehagler and the Next team for giving the little girl from Manch a chance.
“Can’t believe I’m the first black woman to open for Prada since queen @iamnaomicampbell, forever grateful.
“And thank you to @patmcgrathreal @cheriejohnson56 and @guidopalau they made me look extra chic – PRADA CHIC.”
We can’t fault her appearance on the Prada catwalk, and can’t wait to see her career blossom. Remember her name!