Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Micropolis: Why Are Runway Models Almost Always White?
Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 04:00 AM
New York Fashion Week, which just concluded, celebrates designers of color like Jason Wu and Tracy Reese, and the crowds are pretty mixed. But the runways are pretty homogenous: About 4 out of 5 runway models are white. Why?
Observers cite a range of reasons, including a sort of racial and class coding that gives preference to young, white girls at the expense of non-white ones. The end result is that white models almost invariably dominate the pages of high-end magazines, as well as ad campaigns for premium products. More in this episode of Micropolis.