FIT Addresses Model Protest at NYFW

Lefevre walking the runway without the costume. Photo courtesy of Getty Images for FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) New York Fashion Week (NYFW) show was thrown off when model Amy Lefevre refused to wear accessories that she said carried racial overtones. Lefevre said she felt uncomfortable wearing a pair of oversized ears and lips on the runway during the February 7 show, and she walked the runway without them. Other models did wear the accessory down the runway.

In a recent letter, Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, said:

“Let me be clear: no person should be made to feel uncomfortable — particularly about race — in service of their work, job, livelihood, or course of study. Right now, we are actively investigating how this happened. And as you’ll read, we have outlined several steps to address the concerns and questions of students, faculty, and our community. We take this very seriously and our response and actions going forward will reflect that.”

The full response letter is available here.

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