Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls was in fashion’s diversity spotlight when she became Estée Lauder’s first Latina “spokesmodel”. Photo: AFP

How the fashion industry is tuning in to a diverse world

As more non-white, plus-size and disabled models hit the catwalk, leading and emerging designers realise the internet and social media can make or break their collections, so they need to appeal to a wider cross-section of buyers

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Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls was in fashion’s diversity spotlight when she became Estée Lauder’s first Latina “spokesmodel”. Photo: AFP
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