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Jourdan Dunn Sounds Off On Racism In The Fashion Industry

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Model Jourdan Dunn walks the runway at the Alexander Wang fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Pier 94 on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images) | Getty

Earlier this week fashion activist Bethann Hardison (yes, that's on her Twitter bio) put out a call to action: she sent out letters to the governing fashion bodies in each major fashion city (New York, London, Milan, Paris) stating that it can "no longer be accepted" that designers "consistently use one or no models of color." The result of using an all-white model cast, she said, is "racism" regardless of the reasoning behind it. She went on to call out every offending designer. (See the full list here.)

Jason Wu was not among them.

Yesterday five models of color walked his show, including rising star Jourdan Dunn, who hasn't shied away from speaking out about fashion's racism problem in the past. Earlier this year, after she wasn't cast in Dior's couture show (because of her curves) she tweeted, "I'm normally told I'm cancelled because I'm 'coloured' so being cancelled because of my boobs is a minor : )"

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