Fashion is diversifying, slowly but surely. While there's still a long way to go, there are more diverse models in fashion than ever -- including trans models, models of color, and models of all shapes and sizes. But Marc Jacobs -- whose show was one of the last of
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While it would be an easy move to have her open or close the show -- and is actually a role Beth filled back in 2010 for Jean Paul Gaultier -- it would feel an obvious statement, a way to make sure everyone knew that Marc had a plus-size model on his runway, along with
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It's a wonderful thing, but it's important to note that it's still not a perfect solution to fashion's inclusivity problem. While Beth walking in a show like Marc Jacobs is something the industry desperately needs, we just need to see more of it. Beth worked it on the runway, just as many other models of many different body types could also do. In the meantime, we're excited that Marc and Beth were able to show off something so beautiful and progressive to end fashion week.