On Saturday, fashion label PPQ made history during London Fashion Week by casting the first ever all-black show in the capital.
Percy Parker, designer of the line, added: “It’s not something we really considered. We just wanted to find the most beautiful models and those were the best ones.” This decision just comes two weeks after supermodel Naomi Campbell said she thought the recession was harming black models’ chances to get cast in runway shows during the various fashion weeks.
However, the reaction to the show was mixed. While some thought that PPQ was just doing it for publicity, others celebrated the diversity.
Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams, seated on the front row, said “I don’t want to turn this into a race issue, but I know this is what people are going to talk about. And it’s great that it’s happened here. I thought they were really regal.”