Spain comes out bottom of the list for diversity on its national catwalks

According to the magazine “The Fashion Spot”, unlike what happens at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid or at the 080 Catwalk in Barcelona, the main international catwalks (New York, London, Paris and Milan) are evolving and growing in giving visibility to other social references. However, there is still a long way to go to achieve such effective integration.

According to the above, the catwalk that provides a greater global representation is New York, which closed the Spring/Summer 2020 season with 41.5% of black models, followed by London with 41%, Paris and Milan with 36.8% more than last season’s figures fall/winter 2019.

It is worth mentioning that this increase is not only racial, but also covers other social aspects such as the representation of large size models (86 models in New York, 12 in Paris, 3 in London and 1 in Milan). With regard to transgender models, it should be noted that there has been a significant drop from last season. And yet, models over 50 years old have increased in the Spring/Summer 2020 season (15 in New York, 14 in Paris, 7 in London and 3 in Milan).

According to the above data, there is a manifest lack of diversity in Spanish fashion that is not only reflected in the models, which have hardly any representation as there are few different ethnic models, but also in other creative areas such as designers, stylists, fashion editors, photographers, makeup artists etc Despite this, we must highlight brands such as Desigual, a pioneer in bringing diversity to Spanish fashion, and this has been demonstrated in its Prefall 2020 collection, by the designer Ana Locking and the low-cost firm ZARA, who since spring/summer 2018 has different international models for their various promotional campaigns.

Spanish fashion must be updated and added to change. It cannot continue to ignore the fact that we live in a globalized world that must be open to the claim and prevailing rise of diversity and that all races, sizes, physicists and identities must be represented.

The fashion industry in general has the challenge of breaking away from unwritten rules, setting aside standardized ideals of beauty, style and luxury and provide for a set of influences and perspectives that seek diversity and equity.