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6 of the Top 10 Models at New York Fashion Week Were Women of Color

New York Fashion Week was full of surprises. This season saw Raf Simons serve up his own brand of Americana at Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs had models checking their phones during his presentation and political statements were about as prevalent as Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits during the election (and we love a good pantsuit). Ready for another surprise? In our seasonal tally of the top walkers of NYFW, only one familiar face found her way back to the list from Spring 2017. American-made Jay Wright must be doing something right because she hit the runway for 14 shows this season — though that number was down slightly from Spring 2017 when we saw her walk 18 shows.

While Jay was the lone holdout, we were pleasantly surprised to see that six women of color made it on the Fall 2017 list. And it was a pretty diverse list, featuring models from not only all over the globe — Australia, Russia, Jamaica, Nigeria, China and right here at home — but also of all different ethnicities. We’re hoping that trend continues for the rest of Fashion Month, though that remains to be seen. In the meantime, check out the slideshow above to see who got the most mileage out of the latest edition of NYFW.

Note: In addition to Charlee Fraser and Ysaunny Brito, there were four models who also appeared in 12 shows: Lena Hardt, McKenna Hellam, Odette Pavlova and Romy Schonberger. Charlee and Ysaunny were selected for this list based on the number of high-profile shows they walked, opened and closed.

Images: Imaxtree

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