In today's fashion industry inequality news, storied fashion house Lanvin has embarrassed itself after allegedly asking to "not be presented with women of color" at its most recent casting.
Seriously? It's 2017. How does stuff like this still happen?
This disappointing news comes on the heels of casting director James Scully making a public pledge to expose harmful behaviors in the industry. He made news this week for also exposing Balenciaga's latest bout of bad PR, in which models were locked in a stairwell for three hours in the dark while the casting directors went to lunch.
The fashion industry is infamous for being cutthroat, but these reprehensible actions have no grounds.
Earth to fashion houses — want to avoid bad press? Treat your models with respect and, for God's sake, cast a diverse show. It's that simple. Unabashedly racist behavior is inexcusable and only reflects poorly upon your houses.
Although NYFW just made history by having at least one POC cast in every single show, judging by Lanvin's extremely white runway (see above), it doesn't look like the Paris shows will follow suit.
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