This year has been a breakout year for diversity in fashion. In an industry where there’s normally a winter wonderland, we’ve noticed a lot more black fashion designers during Fashion Week, as well as more black models. After the past couple of years the fashion industry has been scrutinizes due to lack of black faces. We’ve all seen it before. During Fashion Shows, there’s a flow of white faces and then maybe towards the end Naomi Campbell walks out leaving you wondering “Are there anymore black models or is Naomi the last one?” Lets celebrate “Us” in fashion starting with the beautiful models that took over 2013….

Jourdan Dunn:

Jourdan-Dunn-for-Allure-Magazine-July-2013-3

 

36

 

Joan Smalls:

Joan-Smalls-by-Michael-Thompson-for-Elle-January-2014-Full-Spread-1

 

Joan-Smalls-Victoria-s-Secret-2011-Fashion-Show-Aquatic

 

Malaika Firth:

Prada-Casts-Black-Model-in-Ad-Campaign-for-the-First-Time-in-Almost-Two-Decades-Maiaika-Firth

 

malaika-firth-mary-katrantzou-spring-2014

 

Chanel Iman:

chanel-iman-by-regan-cameron-for-allure-february-2013

CHANEL-IMAN-REX_2050843a

 

 

We can’t forget about the fresh face designers that graced our presence this year:

Chris Cardi:

unnamed (7)

 

unnamed (5)

 

unnamed (3)

 

unnamed (2)

 

unnamed (1)

 

PRSVR:

20121026-173031

 

0ccc8b775b44c659705f7797b2da9addf66e9abc

 

nicki-minaj-instagram-moschino-crop-polka-dot-jacket

 

Teyana Taylor

PRSVR_555_1024x1024

 

 

 

Shateria of Frontrow Couture:

rick-ross-nyfw-2

 

a654693277bd11e2a57122000a1fbe0e_71

 

front-row-line-c-new-york-fashion-week-2013-

 

Screen-Shot-2013-09-12-at-11.21.38-PM-552x595

 

FrontRow By Shateria Moragne-El - Runway - Fall 2013 Conair Style360

 

Angela Simmons of AngelaIAm.com:

angela-simmons-tadashi-shoji-nyfw-fall-2013-shows

tumblr_myllqn5R791s832wgo1_500

tumblr_myllv5gH181s832wgo1_500

tumblr_myllkxVok51s832wgo1_500

tumblr_myllxnuqrP1s832wgo1_500

Of course we can’t have a triumph without some controversy. While we were celebrating ‘Us’ in fashion, there were others trying to keep us down. With our new home in fashion there was also “the same ole thing.” Check out Black Faces in Fashion:

Vogue Netherlands May 2013:

blackface-netherlands

 

French Magazine Numero March 2013 (African Queen):

african-queen-editorial

 

Hallowood Disco Party:

black-face-party

 

Good or bad diversity entered fashion by storm; as well as the conversation. Hopefully 2014 brings something amazing!