Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Diversity is such a buzz word, right? We've all been raised to embrace it, at least on the surface. However, is it ever really practiced? And how do we even know how to practice it in a culture that has been so against it (both on the surface and beneath it) for so many hundreds of years?
This is a topic that confuses me and probably always will. We think we're doing better, right? Fashion designers are placing plus sized models in their shows, celebrities, "older" models, black models, Hispanic models, Asian models, short models, trans models. It makes us happy, proud of ourselves, like we're changing the world one step at a time. However, what's problematic here is that these models are still considered "plus sized." They're still labeled "transgender," or "black," or "real person." They're still not considered just plain models, equal to the Amazons from Switzerland or the all-American Georgians with a 23-inch waist. They're the "diverse" models, the models brought in so the designer won't look racist.
How can this ever be changed? The only solution I can think of is to never draw attention to it. Tell the fashion editors/writers to stop recapping the fashion shows by discussing the diversity of the models or the way the pieces reflected a different, foreign culture. I think once everyone involved in the show is just seen as a person involved in the show, that's when things will ACTUALLY be equal. Will this ever happen? Doubtfully.
What's your opinion on this topic? Do you agree? Disagree? Did you miss me? Did you even notice I was gone? Comment below.