In a recent interview with Imran Amed of The Business of Fashion, Nick Knight railed against the fashion industry for being “so narrow in what it will accept, in terms of the race of people it will allow into it, the size of people, the age of people, all those sorts of things.”
Knight criticised the “narrow parameters of what is accepted as beauty,” stating that “…you have to include other people, because A) yes they’re beautiful and B) it’s just that I hate the idea that fashion photography is exclusive in the way that it excludes people from feeling part of society…”
On whether the current ‘trend’ for using curvy models would pass, Knight’s opinion was that “Once you start opening doors you can’t shut them again, once you show people a different way of being that is clearly as attractive, as desirable, as aspirational, then you can’t just shut those doors. Once we’ve put models on the catwalk who were beautiful and curvaceous, you can’t deny their beauty, you can’t take it away again”
The team here at All Walks wholeheartedly agree with Nick and are pleased that he took the opportunity to speak about these issues in front of a truly global audience. The interview was live-streamed around the world, but can be watched again by playing the video at the top of this post.
If you’re strapped for time Nick discusses diverse beauty from 33:40 – 37:40, but we would definitely recommend that you watch the whole thing as Knight has had such an incredible career in the fashion industry and speaks very insightfully on many other topics.