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13 Minority Models Rocking The Runway

While we’ve addressed fashion’s blindspot of minorities we weren’t gracious enough to introduce you to the new transplant of minority models taking the industry by storm. Sure, you may see them strut down the runway but do you know who these brave ladies facing adversity are?

Vixens, continue clicking to check out our 13 favorite minoritiy models rocking the runway.

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Joan Smalls

Who: Joan Smalls, 26

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican

Work: Givenchy Haute Couture, Chanel, Prada, Balenciaga, etc.

Ming XI

Who: Ming Xi, 23

Ethcnitiy: Chinese

Work: Diesel, Givenchy, Michael Kors, Aldo,etc.

Jourdan Dunn

Who: Jourdan Dunn, 24

Ethnicity: African American

Work: Prada, Burberry Prorsum, DKNY, H&M, etc.

Maria Borges

Who: Maria Borges, 21

Ethnicity: Angolan

Work: Blumarine, Badgley Mischka, Anna Sui, Banana Republic, etc.

Soo Joo Park

Who: Soo Joo Park, 27

Ethnicity: Korean

Work: DKNY, Calvin Klein, Chanel Haute Couture, Emporio Armani, etc.

Ajak Deng

Who: Ajak Deng, 24

Ethncity: Sudanese

Work: Alexander Wang, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Haider Ackerman, Emilio Pucci, etc.

Malaika Firth

Who: Malaika Firth, 20

Ethnicity: Kenyan

Work: Alberta Ferretti, Altuzarra, Antonino Berardi, Balmain, etc.

Xiao Wen

Who: Xiao Wen Ju, 22

Ethnicity: Chinese

Work: Kenzo, Dsqaured2, Dior, Opening Ceremony, etc.

Cindy Bruna

Who: Cindy Bruna, 19

Ethnicity: Italian/ Congolese

Work: Michael Kor, Prada, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, etc.

Grace Mahary

Who: Grace Mahary, 24

Ethnicity: Eritrean

Work: Carolina Herrera, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, 3.1 Phillip Lim, etc.

Arlenis Sosa

Who: Arlenis Sosa, 25

Ethnicity: Dominican

Work: Zac Posen, Badgley Mischka, Oscar de la Renta, Banana Republic, etc.

Liu Wen

Who: Liu Wen, 26

Ethnicity: Chinese

Work: Akris, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Derek Lam, etc.

Cora Emmanuel

Who: Cora Emmanuel, 23

Ethnicity: Martiniquan

Work: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Akris, Acne, Barbara Bui, etc.

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