Ashley Graham never misses a bit, does she? While attending Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma NYFW ’18 show, she noticed that one very important thing was missing: body diversity!
Speaking with Yahoo! Style, she said,
“I was at Fenty last night, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?”
And she’s not wrong! Despite showing a lot of racial diversity, Fenty kept their runway exclusively straight-sized. What’s the deal, RiRi?
Of course, Rihanna wasn’t the only one to play it safe that way. In fact, there are still very few designers willing to feature plus-size and curvy models. Of those that did women’s bodies justice were Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Chromat, and of course, Addition Elle (for whom Ashley has her own lingerie line!).
After seeing the Fenty show and others like it, Ashley said,
“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.’”
Um, Ashley would look amazing in Fenty! Pretty sure Ashley would look amazing in anything she wore, though!
Graham has long been asking for designers to start extending their sizes. She previously told Racked,
“What I also really want to see — those designers included — is [for designers to] make their high-end lines go up in extended sizes, because I want to buy it!”
She’s also made it very public that she’d like to walk for Victoria’s Secret, which has often been very body-exclusive on the runway and in the catalog. What’s it going to take for these designers to finally get a clue?
What’s it going to take for these designers to finally get a clue? Not only is excluding curvy women making them look bad as a brand, but it also doesn’t make sense business-wise. Think about what a huge share of the market they are ignoring. Hopefully, brands like Fenty will heed Ashley’s advice and start making a change.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.