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Fashion is often criticized for its lack of diversitywhether it be on the runways or off. That reputation is well-earned when considering the absence of people of non-European descent in the industry. Models are often an easy way to gauge race representation simply because the backgrounds and origins of the models are known and it is easily quantitative.

Considering the end of the year is approaching, every industry attempts to quantify its successes, failures and advances. In fashion, those lists consider the best looks of the year, the most notable moments, the best and worst trends, emerging talents and controversies. Recently, while stumbling upon one of these lists on Fashionista, the topic was diversity among Vogue cover models.

According to the site, “22 percent of Vogue cover subjects were non-white,” which only points to the fact that the other 78 percent were occupied by white models. And it gets worse: amongst the 22 percent, the majority were of non-European or American Vogue editions. Therefore, most non-white cover models were featured on their country’s editions of Vogue (India, China, Taiwan, etc.). Great.

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Just when I thought I was not going to be able to experience anything special during my senior year, I received a surprising email that I had been accepted to the Teen Vogue Fashion University program. It was something that I first saw on Facebook on the sidebar where all the advertisements are featured. I clicked on it, thinking it might be a very fun and amazing opportunity for me since I love fashion. Then I find out that the blogging internship I work for is also affiliated with the program and was encouraging all of us to apply.

I was shocked when I got my acceptance letter because, honestly, I just applied for fun. It is an extremely huge event and the application was open to anyone around the world. There are so many more fashionable, talented and dedicated people out there, so I definitely did not think this was a chance I would get. I was so nervous the day before my trip to New York City for the program because while I was packing, all I kept thinking was, “How I am supposed to bring my A-game with the clothes I have now? Everyone there is going to be so flawless and glamorous.”

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