Must Read: Why Darker-Skinned Black Models Had a Greater Runway Presence This Season, Jessica Diehl to Leave 'Vanity Fair' - Fashionista

Must Read: Why Darker-Skinned Black Models Had a Greater Runway Presence This Season, Jessica Diehl to Leave 'Vanity Fair'

Plus, when will we retire our chunky sneakers?
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 Anok Yai opening Prada's Fall 2018 show. Photo: Catwalking/Getty Images

 Anok Yai opening Prada's Fall 2018 show. Photo: Catwalking/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday. 

Why more darker-skinned Black models had a greater runway presence this season 
Runway diversity — or lack thereof — is a hotly debated topic every season, but this time, the recently-wrapped Fall 2018 shows featured a number of Black models with very dark skin, such as 19-year-old Anok Yai, who famously opened Prada, and Adut Akech, who appeared in over 30 major shows this season. The New York Times spoke with these darker-skinned models on the rise, as well as big-name editors-in-chief, casting directors and a professor of American culture and history to understand why fashion has finally begun to embrace Black beauty — and why the industry still needs to improve its inclusion efforts by leaps and bounds in order for it to be celebrated. {The New York Times}

Jessica Diehl to leave Vanity Fair
On Tuesday morning, WWD announced that Jessica Diehl, Vanity Fair's creative director, is leaving the magazine after 12 years. Diehl's exit is the latest departure under the publication's new editor-in-chief Radhika Jones, who took over from Graydon Carter in December. There's no word yet on Diehl's next move. {WWD}

When will we retire our chunky sneakers?
In 2017, dad-like chunky sneakers reached their peak thanks, in part, to Balenciaga's Triple S, Louis Vuitton's Archlight and to the mass of monstrous footwear to fill our street style feeds. But will these bulky kicks continue to stay on top of the sneaker chain or will minimal footwear takeover? Hypebeast asked six buyers from some of the world's most beloved retailers to weigh in on what the future holds for chunky runners. {Hypebeast}

Adwoa Aboah fronts Allure's April issue
For April, Allure created an issue focused on skin and for it, chose to spotlight model and activist Adwoa Aboah. Aboah bares it all on the cover, and inside the issue, talks about the importance of mental-health activism, her nonprofit organization, her own struggles with addiction and how models should use their massive followings to speak out on important issues. {Allure}

Adwoa Aboah on the cover of "Allure"'s April 2018 issue. Photo: Daniel Jackson/"Allure"

Adwoa Aboah on the cover of "Allure"'s April 2018 issue. Photo: Daniel Jackson/"Allure"

Meet the 10-year-old drag performer who's both a runway star and an LGBTQ activist 
Desmond Napoles, otherwise known by his drag name "Desmond Is Amazing," is a 10-year-old drag performer, LGBTQ activist and  runway model based in New York City. You may recognize him as the four-foot-three diva who stole the show at Gypsy Sport's Fall 2018 presentation during New York Fashion Week. The Cut recently spent three hours with Napoles and his mother, and learned that he discovered his love for drag at the age of two after watching the first season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" — and that he's more fabulous than you thought possible. {The Cut}

Body care products are on the rise 
Body scrubs, bath salts, creams, polishes and exfoliants are growing in popularity as more consumers are recognizing the link between overall wellness and skin health. And because people are now investing in bath additives and scrubs that help them feel and look better, the body care market is rife with opportunity. {Business of Fashion}

Why the kitsch trend is dominating 2018 
"This season, kitsch — the so-bad-it's-good aesthetic union of nostalgia and tackiness — loomed large over the fashion week runways," wrote Cait Munro for Dazed in a piece that explores the garish trend recently employed by fashion heavyweights like Demna Gvasalia and Rei Kawakubo. So, why is it that in 2018 Balenciaga can profit off a tote that could be easily picked up at a Times Square gift shop for a fifth of the price? The answer is simple: "We're living in a culture that's steeped in irony." {Dazed}

Diddy and the industry's biggest names weigh in on 20 years of Sean John 
This year, Diddy celebrates the 20th anniversary of Sean John. So, in addition to putting the music and fashion mogul on its April cover, GQ spoke to a slew of leading fashion names — Tommy Hilfiger, Naomi Campbell, André Leon Talley and more — about the brand's beginnings, how Diddy became the first to run a celebrity-driven label and how Sean Jean reached massive commercial success. For visual aid, GQ enlisted Christian Combs, Diddy's son, to model some archival Sean John gear. {GQ}

What Kim Jones's appointment at Dior Homme means for other established menswear brands
On Monday, Dior named Kim Jones as the new artistic director of Dior Homme. Jones, who previously, and famously, held the top men's design spot at Louis Vuitton, has demonstrated his ability to marry the luxury and streetwear worlds throughout his career. Floriane de Saint Pierre, who runs a consulting and executive search firm in Paris, told WWD that established brands are starting to favor a new generation of menswear designers with a more laidback aesthetic, like Jones's, and that this new menswear direction will lead to changes at the head of more established brands. {WWD}

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