Before Chrissy Teigen was the bonafide Queen of social media, she was a model, a mama, and a badass. Recently, she sounded off to E! News about diversity in fashion—or more accurately, the lack there of.
While talking with the celebrity news network at the launch party for the 2017 [Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue](http://www.allure.com/story/kate-upton-sports-illustrated-cover-2017—she appears in a steamy spread—Teigen, who is Thai, German and Norwegian, explained, “I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models, and I think Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry, especially on the runways or in magazines.” Of course, this diversity deficit isn’t just an issue in the modeling industry, either. Teigen added,
She went on to make her point like only Chrissy Teigen could: “I think it’s really important to start embracing people…seeing them in roles that are not necessarily ‘That Asian Girl’ or ‘That Asian Boy.’…. In moves, you’re like, ‘Oh, this Asian girl is dating this white guy’—I want that to be normal.”
Teigen also addressed the prevalence of white models or actresses being cast in ethnic roles (as in, for example, Karlie Kloss’ controversial geisha spread for Vogue). While Teigen thinks we should be glad when the media at least attempts to embrace diversity and different cultures, it’s not enough. The 31-year-old model explained, “I personally am not offended by cultural appropriation of any sort because I feel like it does pay homage, but at the same time, there are a lot of beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Asian women that could do the same thing.”
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Of course, these are all issues not just in Hollywood, or modeling—but in fashion, and really, the world at large. Culturally, we are, quite simply, not inclusive enough. That said, it’s not everyday that a model—especially one who relies on the industry for work—openly discusses the lack of diversity and demands change. It’s a sign of the times: We’re ready to move forward, and the mainstream entertainment industry can either climb aboard…or get left behind. Teigen’s entire powerful interview is below, if you want to hear it straight from her:
Happily, the most recent New York Fashion Week was more inclusive than ever, with plus-size models, older models, and immigrant models strutting their stuff on countless major runways. We may not be there yet, but change is afoot—and so long as influencers like Teigen continue to speak out, progress will follow.
Model Paloma Elsesser knows a thing or two about diversity in fashion: