Lineisy Montero Ruled Spring/Summer 2016 Runways

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Lineisy Montero at Louis Vuitton’s SS 2016 runway show

Yup! A model of color ruled the runways at spring/summer 2016 shows. Dominican beauty Lineisy Montero walked in more shows this season than any other model on the international catwalk.

Basically, she walked for just about every major designer from New York to London, Milan and Paris.

This season Montero walked in a total of 68 shows, opening five and closing one. In New York, she walked in shows for Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Alexander Wang. In London, she walked in shows for Burberry, J.W. Anderson, Giles and Versus. Prada, Moschino, Marni, and Versace are the shows Montero walked for in Milan. As for Paris, she walked in just about every show including Balmain, Chanel, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Chloé and the list goes on.

I am proud of Montero‘s success and it should be celebrated. However, the sad part is that there are still less models of color on runways.

According to BusinessOfFashion, “At the Autumn/Winter 2015 shows staged across the world’s four major fashion capitals, 80 percent of the models that walked the runway were white. This was an improvement over the Spring/Summer 2015 season, but only by 3 percentage points. There are, of course, designers like Riccardo Tisci and Tom Ford, who use a diverse range of models in their shows. But they are the exception to the rule. Figures on magazine covers and advertising campaigns paint a similar picture. In 2014, of the 611 covers published by the fashion industry’s 44 biggest magazines, only 18 percent featured non-white models, while 90 percent of the models who appeared in fashion advertising campaigns were white.”

donbleek.com will keep fighting for more diversity in fashion!

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Lineisy Montero at Balmain’s SS 2016 runway show

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Lineisy Montero at Chanel’s SS 2016 runway show

Photos Credit: Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com |  Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com |  Monica Feudi/Indigitalimages.com | amytroost

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