November 29, 2020

Victoria Beckham Criticised For Casting Just Five Non-White Models At New York Fashion Week Show

Victoria Beckham was named as one of three fashion designers with the least racially diverse shows at New York Fashion Week.

The Fashion Spot’s diversity report has shown that the Spring 2018 shows were the most racially diverse in recent history, with non-white models making up 36.9% of castings.

However three brands were called out for bringing down this percentage: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s brand The Row, New York-based label A Détacher and the UK’s Victoria Beckham.

“Victoria Beckham failed to adequately represent women of colour, casting only five non-white models in her 31-strong lineup (in other words, 16%),” the report states.

Beckham is no stranger to criticism over her model casting.

In 2015, journalist Piers Morgan was among those bemoaning the fact Beckham’s models were all “painfully thin”.

Two months later Beckham responded to the backlash, telling The Telegraph:

“They’re young, they’re thin, but that doesn’t mean they’re ill.

“Our casting director spoke to the [model] agencies, and we know that all our girls are healthy.

“People are mean on social media, whoever you are. It’s a shame people have to be that way,”

HuffPost UK has contacted Beckham for comment on the latest criticism and will update this piece upon her response.

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