Casting Models for NYFW SS19 by Brent Chua

New York Fashion Week’s casting was the most racially diverse it has ever been, thanks to Brent Chua.

Over three days, New York Fashion Week: Men’s featured 20 runway shows and presentations produced by the CFDA.

Industria Studios and Cadillac House, the official venues for the July 2018 season.

Brent Chua Casting Models for NYFW SS19

When it comes to pick the right guy to walk for 20 runway shows is hard to make decisions like this.

But photographer and Casting savvy Brent Chua does it right.

Hispanic guys was a majority, following of black models and then asians coming along to play.

The agencies increased a full diversity on their boards. RED Models, NEXT Models, New York Models, IMG, Major Models with the most variety of models.

For comparison, the Spring 2015 season, when The Fashion Spot first began tracking runway diversity, was only 20.9 percent nonwhite.

The New Faces on the Board:

Aaron T
Alexis Chaparro
Amani Alexander
Andre Dobrin
Cesar Acosta
Ezekiel Luna
Ibby So

HEROES Models, St. Claire Models, Q Models, One Models and Bri’Geid its like the pepper that we need in our food, coming with so interest new faces like Evan Left from Q Models.

Agencies like DNA Models, Wilhelmina Models and Soul Artist Management still on top to participate on NYFW.

Thankfully, it seems the days of New York brands featuring zero nonwhite models are behind us. (All of the Fall 2018 shows we examined included at least one model of color and the vast majority had two or more.)

And yet, with so many of the week’s alternative castings concentrated within a relatively small number of shows, there was a question of whether the industry was actually transforming or whether a few progressive designers were carrying their peers.

Whether the castings were a precursor to even greater strides or if designers were just taking “diversity” to mean “Insta-bait.”

More designers need to get on board and share the happy burden of progress.

Photographer Brent Chua.
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