CFDA urges brands to consider diversity for NYFW casting

The CFDA wants to make New York Fashion Week a diverse event. The
council’s president, Steven Kolb, issued a reminder notice to brands
participating in this season’s fashion week to keep inclusivity in
mind when hiring models.

“As you cast your shows, please remember to promote diversity and
inclusion, on and off the runway. American fashion can lead the path,”
Kolb wrote in his email, which has also been published to the CFDA’s

The CFDA has an initiative to promote Health, Safety, and
Diversity, created in 2017 to address an overwhelming concern with the
health of underweight models. As part of this initiative, the CFDA
believes that it is the responsibility of fashion designers to protect
women and young girls by sending an appropriate message of how health
and beauty looks.

Under its initiative for Health, Safety, and Diversity, the CFDA
states that this message can be sent through commitments to safe
working environments for models, raising awareness for wellness
tactics and hiring diverse models and professionals in fashion

Kolb added in his message, “we strongly encourage you to guard the
well-being of younger individuals, to take into account the age of the
models that you hire, and to create areas backstage for models to
change in privacy.”


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