15 images that show this was the most diverse NYFW ever
Gigi Hadid debuted a collection with Tommy Hilfiger. Kendall Jenner walked for Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Alexander Wang. Hailey Baldwin became "an official runway model." Bella Hadid fell while strutting down the Kors catwalk. Kylie Jenner apparently wore a bunch of different outfits to sit front row at some shows and attend the Harper's Bazaar Icons party with Tyga.
These are just some of the headlines that inundated the news cycle during this season's New York Fashion Week, which wrapped officially on Thursday. And this is no surprise. From magazine covers and campaigns to editorials and the runway, over the past year, celebrity offspring have taken over the fashion world. But whether it be a Hadid, Jenner, Baldwin, Penn or Brosnan, these celeb kids are not helping the fashion industry's diversity problems.
The numbers from this past NYFW are not yet calculated, but in February Fashion Spot found that 68.1% of the models walking in that month's NYFW were white.
To be fair, this might just have been the most diverse fashion week yet, even despite the significant attention placed on certain white celebrities, er, models. Transgender models walked the Chromat, Gypsy Sport, Tome, Vaquera and Barragán runways. Plus-size models were cast for Christian Siriano, Chromat, Tome, Tracy Reese and Addition Elle. Both J. Crew and Tracy Reese cast non-models of all different ages. Chromat had model Lauren Wasser, who had lost her leg to toxic shock syndrome, and acid attack survivor Reshma Banoo Qureshi made her debut for FTL Moda.
And this is just on the runway. Celebrities and models of all different races, ages and abilities attended NYFW events. But many of these beautiful moments were overshadowed by stories focused on the popular Hadids, Jenners and Baldwins of the world.
With that in mind, Mic decided to round up photos, ones that show how diverse those who love and celebrate fashion are, from behind-the-scenes at NYFW.
Hari Nef in Gucci at the Harper's Bazaar Icons party
Mari Malek, a model and former South Sudanese refugee who founded the non-profit organization Stand For Education, behind the scenes at J. Crew.
Kelly Osbourne, transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange Is The New Black's Dascha Polanco backstage at The Blonds runway show.
Women of all ages at Tracy Reese.
Carrie Brownstein, transgender activist Sarah McBride, Ali Wong, Aidy Bryant, Rashida Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Rowan Blanchard, Fred Armisen, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza and Diane Guerrero backstage after Opening Ceremony.
Ashley Graham before her inclusive Addition Elle lingerie show.
Whoopi Goldberg, Gypsy Sport's founder Rio Uribe and model Maluca Mala at Gypsy Sport.
Plus-size model and co-founder of the All Woman Project Clémentine Desseaux backstage at Tracy Reese's presentation.
Runway coach Jay with Reshma Banoo Qureshi before her NYFW debut.
Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan before presenting the first ever all-hijab NYFW runway show.
Transgender model Torraine Futurum having her hair done before Gypsy Sport.
Ashley Graham, Christian Siriano and model Precious Lee at the launch of his fall Lane Bryant collection
Teyana Taylor, Sarah Snyder and Julieanna Goddard front row at KITH.
Models backstage at Xuly Bet
Models Diana Veras, Maya Monès, Yvonne Simone, Aube Joli and Denise Bidot backstage at Chromat.