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Zac Posen Brought The #BlackGirlsMagic on The Runway for NYFW and Things Got Controversial

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Feb 25, 2016

With two snaps and a twirl hunny, Zac Posen brought it this year and got into formation at New York Fashion Week when he had the #BlackGirlsMagic stuntin' and strutting on the runway. And just like with Beyonce's reaction to her new song, some people lost color and got all white on Posen. But Zac didn't bat an eyelash, with kisses in the air, Posen and his models did their thang! 

The gorgeous ladies on the #ZacPosen #FW16 runway! #NYFW

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Zac Posen's show was featured in a New York Times article about the diversity in fashion and how things need to change. It was also the headline topic for some other media news outlets but some people are resistant to those modifications and revolution in fashion (in general).

Inspired by an African (Ugandan) Princess named Elizabeth Bagaaya Akiiki, also known as Princess Elizabeth of Toro, who made history when she became the first woman East African to be admitted to the English bar in 1965. As a trailblazer, Princess Elizabeth is documented for being a history maker who was the third African woman to be accepted and graduated from Cambridge University. From there, she entered the fashion world and became a distinguished and esteemed model in America. Princess Elizabeth graced the covers of fashion magazines such as: Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.

The theme and vision board for Zac Posen's show was galvanized by Princess Elizabeth's innovations and contributions as a model who went against all odds of racism, stereotype and ignorance to open doors and pave the way. Posen's show highlighted not just her achievements but African-American women models that continue to break down walls and turn them to runways and walk to beat of their drums.

The mood boards for #ZacPosen #FW16 #NYFW @cfda @nyfw

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Making a statement at NYFW, Posen wanted to raise awareness that Black models are just as beautiful, eccentric, exotic and should be showcased just like other models, regardless of their skin color or skin tones.

In a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar's magazine, Zac Posen expressed the need of diversity in fashion and his mission of intergrating it into the world. 

"Since the inspiration was Elizabeth of Toro it made sense to have a casting reflecting this. Their presence and the diversity of the casting complemented the collection and made it more striking. We live in a diverse world and it is essential it is represented in the fashion industry, it has always been critical to me, as well as a key component of my collections, whether it’s shapes, sizes or skin color,as my customers are global and part of all diverse groups."