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Ashley Graham has long been the face of size inclusivity on the runway, constantly pushing designers to do better and cast more plus-size (or curvy, as Graham prefers to be called) models in their shows. And though the fall 2017 shows saw a record 27 plus-size model appearances in New York alone—up from 16 the previous season and a mere six the one before—Ashley says there’s still lots of progress to be made.
In an interview with Yahoo! Beauty, Graham, who has her own lingerie brand, the Ashley Graham Collection, does not think that this year’s collections will be as progressive as last season’s. “It’s sad,” she says. “It’s funny to me, because I’ll look at runways and think, ‘I’d look so great in those clothes’ or ‘I know curvy women who would look so great in those clothes.’”
And she even called out a few names in particular. “I was at Fenty, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway? I think Baja East would be really cool to have curves on the runway. Philipp Plein would be really cool.” Though Rihanna has proved that she’s devoted to providing every woman with an option in the beauty industry—stores cannot keep the deepest shades of Fenty Beauty in stock just days after it dropped—Ashley does have a point that true diversity is not just limited to skin tone.
But it’s not all bad. There were the Christian Siriano and Prabal Gurung runway shows, both of which Graham and other plus-size or curvy models walked in, plus the Chromat show, which was one of the most diverse, with plus-size, transgender, and older models. Nevertheless, designers should all strive to include as many different skin tones, body types, hair textures, etc., as possible.