By  on February 4, 2014

NEW YORK — A year after the international fashion industry was criticized for its lack of diversity on the runways, a new assessment reports signs of improvement.

The Diversity Coalition, the group led by activist and former model Bethann Hardison that analyzed the number of models of color in February 2013 shows, planned to send a more favorable update to the Council of Fashion Designers of America today based on the September 2013 shows. In an e-mail to president Diane von Furstenberg and chief executive officer Steven Kolb, the Diversity Coalition acknowledged the progress within certain houses, but cautioned, “The objective is to continue this improvement across the entire industry. We look for consistency and not because of advocacy or a season lending to darker skin. We will continue to watch and reveal season to season.”

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