Why H&M's PFW Model Line-Up Is So Important

Pick any fashion week show at random and flip through the runway pictures. Without a doubt, you'll see a slew of 5'10" models with 34 inch hips gliding down the runway, which isn't exactly representative of the general population. H&M decided to take a different approach when it came to casting models for its Autumn/Winter 2016 Paris Fashion Week show on Wednesday. While the Fall 2016 show featured plenty of typical-looking supermodels, like Taylor Hill and Devon Windsor, H&M also asked Ashley Graham and Andreja Pejic to walk the show, making for a far more inclusive cast than most other fashion runway line-ups.

H&M's model lineup included all kinds of diversity (well, diversity for the fashion industry). Transgender model Andreja Pejic walked in the show alongside plus size/body-positive model Ashely Graham. To make things even more exciting, H&M asked 65-year-old legend Pat Cleveland to be a part of the show. To round out the incredible model line-up, Amber Valletta, Jourdan Dunn, and Natasha Poly also walked the runway.

H&M's decision to include models of many different shapes, sizes, and ages is not surprising for the progressive brand, but really shows their commitment to being a part of the movement towards inclusivity. It also isn't totally bad for their business either — who doesn't want to shop at a store that embraces and welcomes everyone?

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H&M's inclusive cast is helping disrupt the status quo in an industry that has typically fawned over super thin models.

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Hopefully H&M's foray into diversity for something as pivotal as Paris Fashion Week will encourage more brands to do the same, because it's definitely refreshing to see variety on the runway.

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Props to H&M for making this one of the most memorable runway shows yet!

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