Dior have in recent seasons caused a stir by casting exclusively white-only models for all of their shows. Now, thankfully, they’ve shown that they’re open to a more diverse range of models, casting several big name black models for the Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013 show. Models such as Alek Wek, Grace Mahary, Joan Smalls, Maria Borges, Kelly Moreira and Yasmin Warsame all took to the catwalk, while British beauty Jourdan Dunn was also expected to walk the show but was cut at the last minute (according to her twitter, her boobs were too big for the samples!).
This seems like a big move (albeit a slow one!) from the fashion house, who previously fired John Galliano for his public anti-semitic rant. They’ve previously been called out by casting director James Scully who criticized their lack of racial diversity:
“I feel the Dior cast is just so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can’t even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast.”