5 ways the fashion industry is more diverse than ever – euronews

Fashion is constantly evolving. From unorthodox material to becoming green, fashion is changing with the times. And for the better. “Historic firsts such as Anok Yai as the first black model for Prada in 20 years, Claudia Li’s all-Asian model cast for Spring/Summer 2019” are just two examples of how the fashion industry is being praised. With brands becoming more and more diverse, “what is worth celebrating”? These accomplishments can’t go unnoticed and are helping progress the fashion industry. This article states five ways on how the fashion industry continues to advance.

Anok Yai in Max Mara RTW Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

Fashion Council Diversity Reports are helping to increase transparency

The behind-the-scenes of the fashion industry is making sure that they are constantly making improvements. The Council of Fashion Designers of America helped to make sure that brands ” assess, replenish, and promote the advancement of American fashion”. They even published a report that focused on making sure that there’s both creative and ethical cases for inclusion and diversity in fashion. The results from the report showed that “62% of respondents rated their organization’s commitment (or lack thereof) an inclusive workplace as a 3 out of 5”. The goal is to get a 5 out of 5; but brands are steadily working towards that goal. It doesn’t mean anything if we just see that there’s diversity and inclusion. There has to be a change in the business leadership as well. Those are the people that have to change the culture to reach that “5 out of 5 goal”.

From high street to high end, gender-fluid fashion is on the rise

In today’s society, topics such as gender-conformity and gender-fluidity have become hot topics in the news. Skirts aren’t just meant for women. Suits are just meant for men. Clothes didn’t have a gender at all. Society has conditioned us to have things be associated with certain things, people, gender. This isn’t the case. Brands are now beginning to venture into “gender-neutral symbolism” for their Spring/Summer 2019 collections. This is helping tremendously with connecting to diverse target markets. This in turn helps with new customers and then turns into customer loyalty. Brands that are really connecting with this concept of gender-fluidity are: Balenciaga, Collusion, and Agender.


Season-on-season, runways are becoming more racially diverse

As stated in the first point, the fashion industry is becoming more and more diverse. The Spring/Summer 2019 Collections “have been reported to be the most racially diverse”. “44.8% of models were women of color” in New York from castings from New York, London, Milan, and Paris. This means that 2 out of every 5 models were people of color. This increase in diversity not only helps the brands but the customers and general public by showing that the brand is inclusive. It helps to inspire those who would like to become future fashion designers and/or models.

A plus size retailer kicked off New York Fashion Week this month

Another hot topic in society is plus-size fashion. Along with body positivity, many brands are working towards being more inclusive in terms of size. One brand in particular is 11 Honoré. 11 Honoré is a “size-inclusive shopping site that for the first time ever, gives more women the option to experience the best designer clothing and celebrate and honor their bodies, beauty, and style”. Not only do we have people of color, but people of color who are the same shape and size of their customers. Industry leaders realized how big of an impact changing sizes in their clothing would make and followed 11 Honoré’s steps .

Emerging brands are taking inspiration from queer culture

Yet another hot topic in the news is that of the LGTBQ+ communities. Many brands are starting fashion trends “that are inspired by drag and queer culture”. Designers have been coming up with more androgynous and inclusive styles and trends. One particular designer, Aka Prodiashvili, has been influenced by that of androgyny and the idea of clothing being related to both the queer community as well as a way to minimize conservatism.

Runway still image from Aka Prodiashvili Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

My Takeaways

Clothing is still a way for people to express themselves. However this time, it’s for more reasons than just personal. It’s to make a statement. For a community. For a political view. For values. The list could go on and on. Fashion will constantly be changing and so will the people. As long as people have ideas, the creativity, and the means, fashion will never be the same. It will progress. It will continue to change for the better!

“Anak, kumain ka na! Nagluto ako ng sinigang na hipon!”

“Child, come and eat! I cooked sour shrimp soup!”

One of my favorite childhood memories was when my mom would cook sinigang for dinner. I’d get so excited and eat so much that I’d forget to leave some for the rest of my family. I could finish a whole pot if my mom let me – maybe even two!

Sinigang na hipon

Sinigang is a method of cooking soups in the Philippines that incorporates a souring agent. Souring agents can include but are not limited to: tamarind, kamias, green mango, mangosteen, and much more! The soup also contains vegetables and a form of protein. Vegetables can include eggplants, okra, and/or white radishes while proteins can include salmon, beef, and/or pork.

Now I won’t give my mom’s secrets away, but I’ve found an easy-to-follow recipe that will do just the trick! This particular recipe comes from Panlasang Pinoy and uses shrimp! Sinigang na hipon or sour soup with shrimp is a great comfort dish for those cold winter nights or when you’re missing home a little bit more than usual.

Let’s get started on how to cook sinigang na hipon! (Before handling food, always wash your hands!)

Step 1: Gather all of your ingredients!

  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp with heads
  • 1 bunch of water spinach
  • 1 cup string beans
  • 2 pieces medium-sized tomatoes
  • 1 large white onion
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pack sinigang mix tamarind soup base mix
  • 2 banana peppers or long green peppers
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce

Step 2: Prep all of the ingredients and set aside!

  • Cut the water spinach in to 3-inch long sections.
  • Cut the string beans into 2-inch long sections.
  • Quarter the 2 medium-sized tomatoes.
  • Quarter the 1 large white onion.
  • Prep about 1.4 ounces of the sinigang mix.
  • Gather 8 cups of water in a large enough pot.
  • Measure out the 3 tablespoons of fish sauce.

Step 3: Bring the pot with the eight cups of water to a boil.

Step 4: Start by adding the onions and tomatoes!

  • Boil the two vegetables until they become soft enough for your spoon to squish them without applying much pressure.

Step 5: Put in the sinigang mix!

  • Stir and simmer for two minutes.

Step 6: Add the whole banana peppers and string beans.

  • Stir and simmer again for three more minutes.

Step 7: Add the shrimps and fish sauce!

  • Stir and simmer for five minutes! You’re almost done!

Step 8: Add the water spinach!

  • Turn off the stove!
  • Cover the pot.
  • Let it stand for five more minutes.

Step 9: Serve hot! Share and enjoy!

  • I recommend serving it over white rice! You can have additional fish sauce on the side for more of a flavorful and sour bite!
Sinigang na hipon accompanied with white rice and fish sauce. (This particular photo of sinigang na hipon has eggplants and white radish. If you want, you can add them in at the same as the banana peppers and string beans.)

Watch Panlasang Pinoy’s YouTube video if you’d like to see it all in action!

Panlasang Pinoy – Sinigang na Hipon

About Panlasang Pinoy

Vanjo Merano, the face behind Panlasang Pinoy, is “a Filipino IT professional living in Chicago”. He created this Filipino food blog to share the best Filipino and Asian recipes for everyone to enjoy.