The latest numbers are in and Kanye West officially had the most diverse show during NYFW. According to a new report from The Fashion Spot, this season was the most diverse in recent history and Yeezy Season 3 lead the way with an entire cast of non-white models.
After his past three Yeezy presentations, people have come to expect West to showcase an array of skin tones during his shows. Last season, he even arranged the models according to their color, leading many people to believe he was making a political statement about race, but he later said he was just executing his artistic vision. For his recent Yeezy Season 3 show, 'Ye took inspiration from a 20-year-old photo of a Rwandan refugee camp, which he recreated at Madison Square Garden using strictly models of color.
Despite seeing more non-white models this season, as Mic notes, true diversity will only be achieved when everyone can be represented through a spectrum of different people, and not just by adding a few minority models each season. Hopefully though, the growing number of non-white models on the runways will help reach a more genuine diversity. This season out of the 120 shows, 31.9 percent of models were of color, which is a slight increase from 28.4 percent for Spring/Summer 2016. This progress is at least a small sign that designers are actively working to improve the industry's ongoing race problem.