03/19/2013 03:10 pm ET Updated May 19, 2013

5 Top Casting Directors Explain Why Runways Are So White

Nearly 90% of the models cast to walk in the fall 2013 runway shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris were white. While this is not a new problem, it isn't one that seems to be getting any better. New York's designers even cast more white models than they did the previous season.

Some labels, like Tom Ford and Givenchy, excel at casting diverse models for runway shows. Yet many of the industry's most important and celebrated labels, like Christian Dior and Chanel, hardly ever cast models of color. I spoke to several of the industry's top casting directors about why runway shows are so persistently white.