Last weekend Runway for Hope warmed our hearts with young, talented models and performers alike. The charity fashion show, which raises money and awareness for CHEO, was generously supported by big name, local organizations. Overall the fashion show was well received and well organized. Upcoming artists brightened intermissions between designer’s showcases with their musical performances.
While all of the designers showcased unique lines, Melia Concepts’ and Kristie Lance’s lines stood out the most. What was most stunning was that both the lines not only featured beautiful pieces, but their representation of talented models of all sizes. This is such a tremendously important step for an industry that has ignored plus-size models.
But the lack of models of color at the fashion show is not to be brushed aside. There are talented and stunning models from different backgrounds in Ottawa; the lack of diversity in fashion shows is not a representation of this. While designers have creative freedom to book models as they see fit, the lack of representation on the runway is outdated.
It’s time for local designers to challenge themselves and promote talent that reflects our diverse community in Ottawa.
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