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H&M Studio Sends Plus-Size, Transgender and Veteran Models Down the Runway at Paris Fashion Week

Andreja Pejic, H&M Studio Fall 2016

Andreja Pejic, H&M Studio Fall 2016; Image: Imaxtree

The Fall 2016 season of New York Fashion Week was the most diverse in recent history according to our bi-annual diversity report, and the movement toward inclusion is trickling over to Paris. H&M Studio, one of the first brands to show at Paris this season, enlisted a diverse group of models to walk its Fall 2016 fashion show.

Jourdan Dunn, H&M Studio Fall 2016

Jourdan Dunn, H&M Studio Fall 2016; Image: Imaxtree

Though several models of color, including Jourdan Dunn, graced the runway, the cast wasn’t just racially diverse. Transgender models Andreja Pejić and Hari Nef also stormed the catwalk.

Hari Nef, H&M Studio Fall 2016

Hari Nef, H&M Studio Fall 2016; Image: Imaxtree

Veteran models Amber Valletta and Pat Cleveland also made an appearance, Pat with daughter Anna in tow.

Pat Cleveland, H&M Studio Fall 2016

Pat Cleveland, H&M Studio Fall 2016; Image: Imaxtree

And plus-size model Ashley Graham, who just made history as the first size 16 model to cover the Sports Illustrated Swim issue, also walked in the show.

Ashley Graham, H&M Studio Fall 2016

Ashley Graham, H&M Studio Fall 2016; Image: Imaxtree

In a statement, Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M Creative Director, said, “This collection is about the strength and beauty of women and how we express that power through our style.” We love that the Swedish fashion chain is celebrating the strength and beauty of all women, instead of just a few. Bravo.

Check out the full H&M Studio Fall 2016 collection here:

[via The Standard]