Hunter McGrady is a 26-year-old curvy -size model is on a mission this New York Fashion Week, to only attend inclusive and diverse runway shows. She is speaking out about the exclusivity that remains in the fashion industry after turning down over 30 opportunities in NYFW because they weren’t inclusive.
The curvy model made her stance well-known throughout the fashion shows and events taking place in NYC by documenting her thoughts on her Instagram stories. From shows she attended because of their inclusive representation to those that missed the mark. The model gave her followers peek into the industry and the problems that still exist within it.
“I believe that it’s important to take a stand on some things, and I was just tired of, every Fashion Week, being the biggest girl in the room. So this year, I decided to do something about it and not attend anything that wasn’t inclusive,” McGrady tells Yahoo Lifestyle, via email, about her mindset heading into the week. “I didn’t realize how many wouldn’t be inclusive, considering its 2019.”
According to a piece that Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition model wrote for Glamour, she was forced to miss out on a total of 32 opportunities this season because of the standard she had set for her attendance.
“It had to be inclusive! TRULY inclusive! Meaning larger sizes and bodies, LGBTQ, and all races,” she explains to Yahoo Lifestyle of her requirements. “I would ask, ‘Do they carry my size?’ AKA: Will I see myself represented on the runway?”
One brand that the size 16/18 model praised throughout the week was Chromat. This was the show that she walked for herself.
“Chromat is always one that stands out to me,” McGrady says. “Becca the owner and creator is truly inclusive. She has made a space for everyone because there IS space for everyone in the fashion industry.”