To the average person, the catwalk in the fashion world is a mystical place full of floating breadsticks with bony shoulders. It’s hard to envision the stress and rejection that occurs behind the curtain for thousands of girls each year. The fact is that it’s difficult to see this type of industry and the models who work in it, as a job and as employees. Honestly, when you see the fall collection that includes roasted bird feathers atop a pineapple shaped velvet hat, it’s easy to assume that the person underneath it is a lifeless robot. However, as a recent story indicated, the modeling industry and the fashion industry encounters the same issues that many of our other common industries encounter; racism.
Naomi Campbell may be more culturally recognized as an outspoken diva, but now she’s using her high profile stance and her heritage as a springboard to bring to light a common problem she sees in the fashion industry. Along with Iman, known as one of the most beautiful women in the world, and also a woman of color, Naomi hopes that by calling out the high profile designers who use predominantly Caucasian women they can together start the ball rolling on changing the idea of beauty on the runway. An attorney Utah offers will note that although Utah does not exist as the most culturally diverse place in the nation, but working environments unfortunately do encounter this similar pattern as well and within the workplace it is illegal.
Iman has specifically noted that the new dynamic on the fashion runway has actually become more racist since the seventies. The fashion industry has no doubt seen much criticism in the last five years mainly due to the drastic weight loss of the entire model population. It’s a common misconception that the industry is based on looks however, and most professionals will note that beauty is relative on the catwalk. What designers most often look for is a useable pallet and that means finding an individual who can be molded or mapped in a way that reflects the theme and personality they want conveyed with their clothing. Unfortunately this also extends to color. Many are negating these comments and simply noting that a female with a large nose may be just as dismissible for a certain show as a woman with dark skin.
That’s not what Iman and Naomi are attempting however, they are instead noting that most catwalks lack diversity whatsoever and find that this makes a negative impact on the progression of our nation, especially when thousands of young women see it everyday. While this may exist in the modeling world, Utah lawyers are quick to note again, that this type of action reflects an illegal one in the workplace. If you have a similar issue in the workplace contact a Utah attorney at 801.478.8080. Clay Alger, Esq, is extremely familiar with these legal issues and can help you determine the legal route that’s best for your situation.