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Are real people the new faces of fashion?

Are real people the new faces of fashion?
"Of course a lot of people are underrepresented in fashion," says photographer and Hood By Air casting director Kevin Amato. "I did an editorial maybe five years ago for a big house and I shot all black boys and the house banned me from shooting their clothes for the whole season." But, says Amato, things are changing. "Now I look and I see diversity. It's what everybody is doing. It's quite brilliant." Performance artist Boychild at Hood by Air. "Diversity is becoming more of a given now," agrees casting director Preston Chaunsumlit. Last summer, the chain's New York store used "real size mannequins" for its window display. Yes to this. And yes also to last week's announcement that Noah Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee, will be the new face of Kenneth Cole's new men's fragrance. This particular casting decision also raises important questions about the way in which brands use casting within their marketing campaigns. Alexander McQueen spring/summer 1999 Credits

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The Powerful Message Behind the 'Bad Blood' Music Video  Taylor Swift launched her "Bad Blood" music video as an opener for the Billboard Music Awards last weekend. We were all gearing up for this video as Taylor heightened our excitement by tweeting, Instagram-ing and Tumblr-ing myriads of posters of each one of the of characters that would guest star. However, we weren't emotionally prepared when she actually released it because not only did the video slay in every way, it taught a bigger lesson to the world than we were expecting. So, let's start with how we saw big female names star in Taylor's video, such as Hayley Williams, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld, Lena Dunham, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Zendaya Coleman, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Serayah McNeill and Selena Gomez. Wow, that's a lot, isn't it?

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