Designer Philipp Plein Speaks On Why He Cast Only Black Models For His Runway Show In Milan

Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014

In the world of high fashion, the last thing that you will see if more than 1 African-American model.

Iman, Tyson Beckford and Tyra Banks are a few of the names that the mainstream world are familiar with when it comes to models of color. Times, they are a changing. Designer Phillip Plein recently cast nothing but African-American models in his recent show.

Philipp Plein Event - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014

He debuted his  latest collection, “Teatro Philipp Plein” Milan Fashion Week and featured nothing but Black models!

When asked why, his response

“My message is about breaking down barriers and breaking the rules,” Plein explained over email after the show. “Doing the unexpected and shaking people from their complacence, forcing people to face the future where old prejudices have no place. For example, the public expects to see pallid girls in high heels walking my show and I give them a fleet of black beauties in flats! Not to mention the opening act featuring one of the hottest rappers on the horizon, Iggy Azalea, who also happens to be white in a black dominated hip hop world.”

You can read more about his efforts here

Source: Fashionista


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