BOSSIP Exclusive: Zac Posen Says Diversity In Fashion Is “Not An Issue, It’s An Asset”

- By Bossip Staff

Designer Honored At The Blacks In Retail Action Group Gala In NYC

Zac Posen revealed he cast Brooks Brothers first minority model as he made a rallying cry for more diversity in fashion.

“I will say that I’m very excited to announce I will have the first model of color in their ad campaign,” Posen said to cheers last week at the Blacks In Retail Action Group gala in Manhattan.

Posen, the brand’s new creative director for its women’s line, said working with people from all backgrounds helps him better target the global consumer.

“Its crucial that the new generations see diversity not as an issue, but as an asset,” Posen said. “I will continue to battle this on the runway and the red carpet, and for the rest of my life.”

He said he became aware of the importance of diversity growing up in New York City, and said the fashion industry needs to do more to attract and retain talent of all races.

”For me, diversity is what makes the world beautiful,” he said. “I believe that in the fashion industry we still have an enormous amount of work to do. Growing up in New York, it’s always been natural to me, and truly part of my landscape. It’s a source of inspiration to me: the people, the city, the travel, the cultures. So I naturally work with models and celebrities who are very diverse.”

Posen was honored at the nonprofit’s 45th annual gala, which raises money to send students to college and to internships with several apparel brands. E! News’ Alicia Quarles hosted the fete, which drew actress Tasha Smith and also honored Shawn Howell of Saks Fifth Avenue, Combs Wines & Spirits head D’Angela Simms and Perfumania exec Donald Loftus.

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