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Brazil Fashion Week Mandates Shows Cast Black Models

Complaints about under representation of African-American models in the fashion world isn’t just limited to the United States: Sao Paulo Fashion Week has been involved in a squabble regarding race after an investigation found that last year’s event showcased only eight black models among a total of 344. (FYI—Brazil has more people of African descent than anywhere outside of Africa, with almost half of the population either black or of mixed race.)

An agreement has been reached just in time for Brazil Fashion Week —which starts next month—mandating that fashion companies use 10 percent of models of African or indigenous descent. It’s a serious measure for designers, especially smaller companies, who would have to ante up as much as $120,000 if found not in compliance. [BBC]

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