The lack of diversity and representation is one of fashion’s most widely discussed issues nowadays. The modeling industry, in particular, has been criticized for offering limited, sanitized visions of beauty and the fashionable body. This reading list explores the fashion modeling industry, revealing some of the challenges and racism faced by non-white models throughout history. It also offers insights on how modeling has been shaped by queer sensibilities and the endurance of black models, who have had a long-lasting impact on fashion and pop culture, reshaping the standards and boundaries of beauty for centuries.
About The Author
Laura specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.