By and and and  on April 13, 2009

For a few years now, the lack of ethnic diversity on the runways has been widely discussed, but this season brought a noticeable change. Call it the Obama effect, or just the right look at the right time, but many shows seemed to feature more black, Asian and Latina models.

Almost half the looks in Oscar de la Renta’s show were worn by minority women, and black British model Jourdan Dunn walked off with the coveted opening and closing spots. Dunn, in fact, walked in 57 shows during the four main fashion weeks, opening three shows, closing two and taking both the opening and closing exits for two designers besides de la Renta. And for the first time, Calvin Klein Collection held an exclusive on a black model, Lyndsey Scott.

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