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Lanvin Accused Of Racist Casting, Because It's Not Actually 2017

Why is this still a thing?

French fashion house Lanvin is under fire after the brand was accused of racism for their recent Paris Fashion Week show.

Outspoken casting director James Scully called out the retailer in an Instagram post Monday, where he said the brand refused to showcase non-white models.

"I have heard from several agents, some of whom are black that they have received mandate from Lanvin that they do not want to be presented with women of colour," he said.

"If this behaviour continues it's gonna be a long cold week in Paris."

However, despite the allegations, Lanvin did manage to squeeze in about four models of colour, including Joan Smalls, out of a total of 44. (Thanks?)

And while in the past the company has produced diverse campaigns in terms of age, the photos still mostly presented white models.

In a statement to Yahoo Style regarding the accusations, the company simply said, "These allegations are completely false and baseless."

But show attendees begged to differ.

"Lanvin had one black model, one Puerto Rican (Joan Smalls) and two Asians," Paper magazine's editorial director Mickey Boardman tweeted out Wednesday. "All the rest white."


Just when it seems like fashion has taken a few steps forward, somehow the industry always gets knocked about 10 more back.

Here's to next season (maybe) being more inclusive?

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