Designers and casting agents have made improved strides to be more inclusive during this Fall 2018 fashion month. According to TheFashionSpot’s diversity report, New York Fashion Week was the most racially inclusive it’s ever been. There were models of broader range of body types on the runway of Chromat and Prabal Gurung, meanwhile, Creatures of Comfort and The Blonds featured models over 50-years-old, including style icon Daphne Guinness.
Hijab-wearing models were present on the runways of New York, London, and Milan Fashion Week. Halima Aden— who became the first hijabi to sign to IMG before making her international fashion week debut at Yeezy Season 5— was present at the Phillip Plein and Max Mara runways this season. And she wasn’t the only veiled model to walk for Max Mara. The Italian House also cast Amina Adan, a Danish newcomer who also walked during Copenhagen Fashion Week.
There was also Kadija Diawara, of Egyptian-Malian descent, who rocked New York Fashion Week, walking the runways of Chromat, Pyer Moss, and Maki Oh. Meanwhile over in London, Ikram Abdi Omar stepped out on the Molly Goddard Fall 2018 catwalk wearing her hijab, instantly joining the ranks of other boundary-breaking women in the industry. Considering the fact that up until Halima Aden made her modeling debut just over a year ago, there wasn’t a single hijab-wearing model on the international fashion week schedule, one can definitely say that the industry is finally showing signs of changing for the better.