A report by The Fashion Spot that analysed the race, size, and age of models, as well as number of transgender models in fashion week across London, New York, Paris and Milan, found that the models who walked the catwalk in London Fashion Week this year were more diverse than ever before.
London showed the greatest change of all the cities for age diversity, with seven models over the age of 50 walking the catwalk.
Racial diversity had also improved by 4.9% from the previous season. London was the second most racially diverse city after New York, with non-white models making up 28.4% of the total.
Model Leomie Anderson, modelling for Ashish was interviewed after her appearance and said: “Honestly it made me smile so much to see more women of colour represented within all of the fashion weeks not just London… it’s lovely for me to see all different hair types, all different skin tones and all different ethnicities represented on the runways.”
Five models aged between 47 and 65 demonstrated outside London Fashion Week earlier in the week to protest the general lack of age diversity on the catwalks.
While the increase in diversity has been welcomed, executive director of the Model Alliance, Sara Ziff, made the point that there is still work to be done in terms of improving diversity and in the fashion industry as a whole.
“Yes this season has been very diverse, but it’s a matter now of consistency and also seeing it reflected within other areas of the industry,” she said.