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How Fashion Week Gets Made With Casting Director Julia Samersova
A lot goes into making fashion week happen. And despite the proliferation of fashion reality television shows, there is still a lot that you might not know about. So, we decided to ask some of our friends in the industry what their day to day life is like leading up to, during and following fashion week. From the perspective of a designer, a publicist, a show producer, a pit photographer, a makeup artist and more, keep reading to learn how fashion week gets made. For this installment of “How Fashion Week Gets Made,” we interviewed Casting Director-extraordinaire Julia Samersova, who has worked in the industry for 20 years--first as a model agent, and now as casting director--and counts some of the biggest designers as clients. You may also recognize Julia from E!'s Scouted, where her seasoned wisdom is on full display as she, alongside Michael Flutie, Scott Lipps, and others, search for the next big thing.
Major Casting Director Slams Dior's All-White Runway as 'Racist'
Raf Simons has done almost nothing wrong since taking up the reins at Dior. His designs have been met with critical acclaim across the board. He goes out of his way to be nice to journalists. But there's one area where Simons falls short, and that's when it comes to the diversity in model casting for his runway shows. Dior's not the only whitewashed show. Noting that close to 90% of the models cast to walk in the fall 2013 runway shows were white, BuzzFeed reached out to five top casting agents to ask: Why?