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'The runway should represent what’s happening in the world'

DIVERSITY CHAMPION: Model Duckie Thot (Image: Duckie Thot/Instagram)

MODEL DUCKIE Thot has shared her thoughts on the importance of inclusivity in a recent interview with Vogue Australia.

The Sudanese-Australian 23-year-old, who is no stranger to speaking about representation, has made the comments ahead of taking part in a huge fashion show taking place this week.

Thot, who will walk in this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show for the first time, said the industry has made progress but there is still more to do.

“The industry has definitely made strides in terms of representation recently.

“And I’m so glad to be a part of this change. Have we made enough progress? Not necessarily. We can still do more and I’m certainly up to the task of creating more opportunities for those who have been underrepresented,” she told Vogue Australia.

An advocate for inclusion in the fashion world, Thot previously revealed that at the beginning of her career she had to bring her own makeup to shoots and shows as makeup artists often did not have the skills or products for her skin tone.

“Diversity is important because beauty and fashion are such integral parts of culture, and the runway should represent what’s actually happening in the world. If the representation isn’t there in the shows and marketing, it can be problematic in making marginalised communities feel like they don’t belong. Setting an inclusive standard helps younger girls realise their own potential and visualise themselves in similar spaces. ​​Seeing models of colour in previous shows had a similar effect on me. I want to do the same for other young women,” the model told the magazine.

Thot’s journey to fame began as a contestant on Australia’s Next Top Model, where she placed third, in 2013.

She has since graced the catwalk for numerous designers, the pages of glossy magazines and been chosen as one of the faces of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.

Most recently she was named L’Oréal Paris’ newest ambassador.

Last year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show was praised for being the lingerie brand’s most racially diverse to date.

But the brand has been criticised for its lack of body size diversity.

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