Racial Diversity in the Modeling Industry 

Racial Diversity in the Modeling Industry 

How far have we come with racial diversity in the modeling industry? 

I recall when doing research for my TedTalks in November 2018; studies showed that only 27.9 % of the models who walked the spring 2017 runways were nonwhite.

For Fall 2017 ad campaigns: 30.4 % of the models were nonwhite, and of the 7 models who booked the most campaigns, just 1 was of a minority background.

Source: The Fashion Spot

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, I also hear Black Faces Matter. 

How far have we come in the two years, since these statistics?

According to The Fashion Spot, racial diversity took a slight step backward, and size and gender inclusivity plummet for the fashion month of Fall 2020. 

While the Spring 2020 season was the most racially diverse one ever, Fall 2020 saw a slight drop. From a high of 41.5 percent models of color (out of 7,390 model castings at 215 major shows) to 40.6 percent (out of 6,879 castings across 194 shows). That’s a little under 1 percent difference. While we’re never happy with a decrease no matter how slight, this is not as devastating as it sounds. To give you some perspective, Fall 2020 still ranks as the second most racially diverse season since we started keeping track with the Spring 2015 season.
Source: The Fashion Spot
Please note the statistics provided by The Fashion Spot, when stated ‘models of color’ includes all ethnic groups that are non-white. 
1st Black Models to be on the cover of Vogue
From Donyale Luna gracing the cover of British Vogue in 1966, to Beverly Johnson on the cover of American Vogue in 1974, to Naomi Campbell on the cover of French Vogue in 1988, all models being the first Black women to do it, I am happy to see that year after year, we make strides to a more inclusive industry.


One of Adut’s many Vogue cover 2019/2020.


The ‘Pearls’ of Pearl School of Modeling served as models for David’s Bridal grand opening at the Mall of Georgia, in Buford, GA on Thursday, January 9th, 2020!

David’s Bridal is a clothier in the United States that specializes in wedding dresses, prom gowns, and other formal wear. It is the largest American bridal-store chain. 


Click on link below, to watch video. 

Vote In Style Fashion Show!

Vote In Style Fashion Show
Vote In Style Fashion Show is an event focused on increasing voter awareness amongst women in the state of Georgia for our upcoming election.

On Friday, Oct 26th, we will be hosting a “Vote In Style”  fashion show featuring top designers and present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues. This event will be held at the Phillip Rush Center, in Atlanta, GA. Doors open at 7:30pm!

#VoteInStyle | The Movement
Vote In Style, created by famed songwriter Kipper Jones; in partnership with A Lady Named Pearl Foundation, conducts action and advocacy and is a non-profit 501c3 focused on women’s beauty and leadership.

Friday, October 26th, 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Phillip Rush Center (Annex) 1530 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta, GA


7:30pm : Doors Open
8:00pm : Pearl Welcomes Audience
8:10pm: Kipper Jones, famed songwriter, political advocate
Discussion on voting process, candidates, and positions/issues for upcoming Georgia election (non-partisan)
8:40pm: Students from Pearl School of Modeling present designs with focus on concept “Vote”
9:00pm: Vote In Style Fashion Show featuring top designs from Tracy Nicole Clothing and S. Denton Collection
9:30pm : Close with performance by A Lady Named Pearl

RSVP at voteinstyle.eventbrite.com


On March 25th, Pearl School of Modeling partnered with the Ludacris Foundation, serving as volunteers to help girls with increasing their confidence and modeling skills.


Cricket Wireless Commercial Filming in Gwinett County

May 4th, overnight, for up to 10 hrs for $100.


Email/Text your name and headshot (try to send professional head shots to benefit, if sag or sag eligible, possible up to $350) to meltonbrenda75@yahoo.com. 4046435076

Ages 16 to 80! All demographics!

Need as many people as possible to commit.