With New York Fashion Week upon us once again, top industry insiders are traveling to the city eager to see what their favorite designers have been working on. But legendary designer and head of the CFDA, Diane von Furstenberg, has different priorities for the days ahead—and they're arguably much more important! In a letter posted on Tuesday, the designer calls for more diversity on the runways and healthier practices for models, writing:
Let's remember that beauty is health and health is beauty. It is also important to remember that beauty is diversity and as an industry, we stand by these two principles. It is essential to remind ourselves of this as we spread the message to the world.
The letter also reminds designers that models under 16 are not permitted and includes links to both the council's health guidelines and information on its diversty coalition, headed up by former model Bethann Hardison.
It's an important gesture and one that is no doubt strengthened when coming from von Furstenberg. That said, these initiatives have been put forth many times before and the results have continued to disappoint. It will be interesting to see how things shake out this time around—we can only hope that we'll be pleasantly surprised!
Do you think DVF's letter will effect change this time around? Let us know in the comments!