H&M Presents Collection Starring Diverse Group of Models
Fashion-forward Swedish clothing chain H&M put its best foot forward for its Fall/Winter 2016 Collection and presented a collection starring models of diverse backgrounds, bodytypes and ages.
According to Fashionista, H&M surprised with a fashion show that showcased various representations of strong women at a time when diversity is such a hot topic in the entertainment industry.
While the show included plenty of white models, the fashion brand showed a more progressive presentation by including models of different backgrounds like Dominican "It Model" Lineisy Montero, African-American fashion star Jourdan Dunn and South Korean Soo Joo Park, curvy model and newest Sports Illustrated cover girl Ashley Graham, transgender models Hari Nef and Andreja Pejić and veteran models Amber Valletta and Pat Cleveland, who walked the runway at 69 years old.
While Dunn is a familiar and popular name in fashion, Montero is new to the scene and has been making waves since making her debut in Prada's 2015 show last year.
Not only is Montero a Latina, but she is Dominican-born and was discovered in her home country. Since then she has walked an endless amount of runway shows rocking what has become her signature short afro and supporting natural hair textures in the fashion industry.
Graham is making waves for her confidence and challenging views about what a model's body should look like, which she did first with her Swimsuit for all ads and then with her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover.
The plus-size model recently also launched her own clothing collection with Dressbarn, which aims at empowering women of all shapes and sizes.
Nef and Pejić, who recently transitioned to a woman, added to the overall inclusive theme of the show which went beyond the norms of gender and showed support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
"This collection is about the strength and beauty of women, and how we express that power through our style," H&M's Creative Advisor, Ann-Sofie Johansson, told Entertainment Tonight.
Diversity isn't the only initiative H&M seems to be taking on. The brand has also become increasingly focused on providing conscious clothing to customers with the Conscious Collection, which supports sustainability and affordable fashion.
Watch the H&M Paris Fashion Week show below.