While she wasn’t the fashion week favourite, and ranked tenth for openining and closing shows, Lyndsey Scott definately has something to get excited about; she is the first woman of colour to walk as an exclusive with Calvin Klein. The All-American label has been a long favourite of the fashion industry, offering casual prep-wear based on the average american, always striving to maintain that “country club” look. This may have something to do with the fact that the Klein label, along with many others of its kind (Tommy Hilfiger, Anne Klein and Ralph Lauren to name a few) rarely hires models that aren’t white. While this isn’t so much a racist thing and has more to do with personal design and target market, it’s still unfortunate that it’s 2009 and Calvin Klein has just signed its first black model as an exclusive.
The importance of this achievement is large within the fashion industry; the Klein label is infamous for launching models’ careers, and it gives them status and a name almost instantly. Lyndsey can now include herself in the list of great models who have been exclusives for Calvin Klein; Anna Selezneva, Ali Stephens, Jessica Miller and Toni Garrn, all of whom have found great success on the runway. The Klein label has also helped launched the careers of successful supermodels such as Kate Moss, who will forever be known as one of the greatest models of all time, and Natalia Vodianova who was named the new millenuim’s first supermodel.