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US fashion group CFDA wants more diversity in model size

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US fashion group CFDA wants more diversity in model size
A group representing hundreds of US designers has urged the fashion industry to showcase women of greater size diversity, such as plus-size models Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine. "We are beginning to see signs of fashion moving in the right direction," Marc Karimzadeh and Nicky Campbell wrote on the website of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

CFDA claims representing more than 500 men's and women's designers as well as jewellery and accessory designers.

"Designers such as Michael Kors and Christian Siriano are casting models that defy tradition," they said, referring to the fashion world's long-standing preference for slimness.

Graham, from Nebraska, became the first plus-size model in 2016 to make it to the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’. She also appeared on the cover of ‘Vogue’.

The CFDA wants to see more designers and companies embrace body positivity in 2019, the council’s communication officials wrote recently.

A movement to recognize alternate body types started in 2017 at New York Fashion Week, with runway shows by Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano and Michael Kors.

In September, the CFDA launched with plus-sized brand Dia&Co the #TeeUpChange campaign to encourage greater diversity in size among young creators, according to a news agency report.

It also collaborated last year with Universal Standard, a brand that offers to exchange a piece of clothing in the year following its purchase if the customer's size changes. (DS)

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