Michael Kors - Michael Kors: Fashion should celebrate diversity

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Michael Kors thinks fashion should celebrate diversity.

In the wake of Naomi Campbell and Iman's condemnation of the racist practises in the modelling industry, the American designer has revealed he deliberately chooses girls with wide-ranging looks and ethnicities so his shows aren't ''boring''.

He told Vogue.co.uk: ''I like the idea of models that can be chameleons. I don't like it when the models all look the same. To me it's so incredibly boring to turn them into mannequins, it's so much more interesting if we have different ages, ethnicities, body types, heights.

''We run the gamut from Frankie Rayder who's in her late thirties and Karen Elson, to girls that are just starting out who are 17; we go from the fairest of the fair to the darkest complexions.''

Michael, 54, believes it's important for a model to have the personality to match her strong look, and says a great smile can take you a long way.

He added: ''If I see mannequin-like models, I'm bored, and it's the same thing with women on the street. I want to see them bring their own personality. There's a girl called Malaika Firth who I think is gorgeous - she's just amazing; Vanessa Axente - I love her smile - I love a girl that has a great expressive smile; and then strangely, I don't know why, but I seem to have this Estonian obsession.

''I think they're feminine, sexy and strong all at the same time. But personality is everything.''


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