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Cover Photo: LOUIS VUITTON / RICHARD QUINN / Paloma Elsesser, LANVIN / Akon Changkou, FERRARI • Seven out of ten supermodels at the time were …

Cover Photo: LOUIS VUITTON / RICHARD QUINN / Paloma Elsesser, LANVIN / Akon Changkou, FERRARI

• Seven out of ten supermodels at the time were women of color. Mika Schneider, of Japanese-French origin, was the name that walked the most on the podium with 28 roles. Schneider has appeared on the podium for many big brands such as Coach, Tom Ford, Burberry, Givenchy, Fendi, Prada, Versace and Louis Vuitton.

• It was observed that brands are sensitive about ethnic diversity. So much so that Loli Bahia, a French model of Algerian origin, walked on the podium 24 times. American beauty African-born Majest Amare and African-born Canadian Awar Odhiang, American model Asian-born Sherry Shi, Chinese Yilan Hua and Brazilian model Barbara Valente walked 22 times to draw on the podium.

• Completing the list are South Sudanese-Australian model Akon Changkou and American Cara Taylor, with their 21 roles on the podium, alluding to ethnic reaffirmation.

Jari Jones, SUMMERSALT / Precious Lee, LANVIN / Noah Carlos, PRABAL GURUNG
Awar Odhiang, JIL SANDER / Barbara Valente, MAXWELL / Xoai Pham, CHROMAT

• Paloma Elsesser, one of the big body models, took her place on 12 podiums this term, from Brandon Maxwell to Lanvin. Elsesser was followed by Precious Lee, who appeared in 11 shows, including Prabal Gurung and VersaceXFendi. Transgender models Jari Jones and Ceval Omar walked for Collina Strada and GCDS, respectively.

• New York Fashion Week was the city that provided the most gender diversity, with 30 models accounting for nearly three-quarters of the total model selection. In addition, 15 of these 30 people were non-white models. After New York, Paris came with the five models it chose. Milan followed the other two cities with four and London with two.

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Ceval Omar

• Chromat selected eight transgender and non-binary models, more than any other brand. Non-binary model Noah Carlos was recruited by Prabal Gurung and Adam Lippes, while transgender model Jari Jones walked for Collina Strada.

• In the age category, Paris took the lead this time with 18 models, while New York followed Paris with 12 models and Milan with five models. Unfortunately in London that number was zero. Compared to other brands, Balenciaga had the most models over the age of 50 on the podium (6 models). Iconic model Naomi Campbell was the name that walked the most on the podium amid all models over 50. Lanvin, Balmain and Versace were on the podiums where Campbell appeared.

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