Tyson Beckford wasn’t shy about his feelings toward the fashion industry as he called out fashion’s blatant lack of diversity.
“Out of all the industries I find — me personally and I think that a lot of people will agree with me — that fashion is very racist,” Beckford shared with HuffPost Live. Although he admitted to male models catching problems when it comes to diversity in fashion, Beckford added that women have it worse.
“This past season during fashion week, you might go to a show and it’s all white girls. Not one Asian or Black or Latino girl was in it. It kind of makes that ethnic race of people feel like they’re not important or being catered to,” the 43-year-old fashion icon said. “There’s more diversity needed in it. But fashion is the most racist business out right now.”
Beckford’s views echo past comments from elite models of color such as Naomi Campbell, Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman, who have spoke out on fashion’s lack of diversity. The issue has motivated Beckford’s manager and renowned fashion activist, Bethann Hardison, to spearhead the need for change with the formation of the Diversity Coalition.
According to Beckford, key players within the fashion world — such as designers, stylists, modeling agencies, and bookers — are the ones that can make a difference to solve the problem by hiring more black models.
Celebrating Fashion's Biggest Supermodels
1. Cynthia BaileySource:AP 1 of 19
2. Jessica White was discovered at age 13 and landed her first job modeling for Vogue.2 of 19
3. Tyson Beckford is an American fashion model best known for his days on the Ralph Lauren runway.3 of 19
4. Selita Ebanks is a Cayman born British model and actress best known for her days as a Victoria's Secret Angel.4 of 19
5. Kimora Lee Simmons is a former fashion model. She began her career at age 14 with a modeling contract with Chanel.5 of 19
6. Jourdan Dunn was discovered in 2006 and became the first black woman to walk the Prada runway in 2008.6 of 19
7. Eva Marcille is a fashion model who is best known for winning the third cycle of America's Next Top Model.7 of 19
8. Bre Scullark is signed to Ford models and is known for her time spent on America's Next Top Model.8 of 19
9. Naomi Sims began her career as the first Black supermodel. (Photo: EURweb.com)9 of 19
10. Beverly Johnson made history when she appeared on the cover of Vogue. (AP)10 of 19
11. Businesswoman, actress and model Iman was a favorite with top designers. (AP)11 of 19
12. Tyra Banks was the first Black to grace the cover of S.I. (AP)12 of 19
13. Supermodel Naomi Campbell began modeling at the age of 15. (AP)13 of 19
14. Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek was discovered when she was 18. (AP)14 of 19
15. Ethiopian born model Liya Kebede has had a very successful career as model. (AP)15 of 19
16. Joan Smalls ranked #2 model in the world according to models.com. (AP)16 of 19
17. Model Sessilee Lopez has a Dominican and Portuguess background. (AP)17 of 19
18. Roshumba also appreared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. (AP)18 of 19
19. Chanel ImanSource:Instagram 19 of 19
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