The New York Times recently reported the statistics of black women who walked the catwalk during New York’s Fashion Week, not only was the number disappointing but it left one veteran model calling for change. One black trailblazer in the model game, Iman is stepping up and demanding the boycott of fashion labels that do not use black women in their shows and advertisements.
“It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the Sixties, by saying if you don’t use black models, then we boycott,” Iman said. “If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar.”
The numbers show that only six percent of the models who walked the catwalk during Fashion Week this year were black. Iman feels that the number reflects that the fashion world is not progressing. ”There is something terribly wrong. We have a President and a First Lady who are black,” Iman said. “You would think things have changed, and then you realize that they have not. In fact, things have gone backwards.”