Now that I’ve been in fashion for a couple of years now, I know there are some things that I just need to be patient for because fashion is a stubborn industry that thrives on its traditions. And one of those traditions happens to be exclusivity, and not promoting diversity.
So, I’ve taught myself how to not hate everyone when I don’t see a curve model during fashion week, and channel those feelings into working with a more diverse group of women, or even writing about it like I do here on Runway Riot.
However, when I hear that a designer wants to be more inclusive, I am definitely going to get my hopes up and be a lot less patient. According to Refinery29, Tracy Reese is trying to make a change and show more inclusive sizes at her fashion show this year. “It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while,” Reese tells Refinery29. The decision came, in part, out of customer demand. Anytime I have made appearances at stores, there are always customers asking for more extensive sizing.”
For this years #TRSS17 presentation we’re approaching the season with a message of self-approval and good old-fashioned optimism: No matter size, shape, color, or age, every woman is #beautiful. Stay tuned to see more from our presentation this Sunday, you don’t want to miss it. #nyc #fashionweek #tracyreese #fashion #beauty #business #inspiration #onelove 💕
All we can do is hope, wait and see. But good on Tracy Reese for pushing the conversation in a positive direction and shedding some light on the industries blind spots.