The same issue that featured an editor's note about their commitment to diversity featured a tanned Swede on the cover.
Hey, wait a minute. Weren't there a bunch of black supermodels in previous decades? Sure, '80s and '90s fashion was never going to win any diversity awards, but at least it had met its specific "intimidating black women" quota with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Iman, and Grace Jones. So what the hell happened? According to Bethann Hardison, one of the first black models in Europe, the rise of brands like Gucci and Prada are to blame. These brands are fond of "aspirational marketing" (directed toward people who can't actually afford the product) to white people, which led to an increase in ads featuring white models. At the same time, the responsibility for casting models for shoots went from the designers to casting agents, who were a bit more preoccupied with marketing than supporting art and diversity.
But even the black supermodels we mentioned still get passed over for the same skinny white girls they've been fighting all of their careers. In 2012, Claudia Schiffer and Karl Lagerfeld worked on an ad campaign for Dom Perignon which featured Schiffer wearing clothes from different cultures around the world. Which isn't necessarily a problem in itself, but then they decided to take it a step further and go full minstrel show: