Versace casts plus-size models for the first time, inciting heated discussions on size inclusivity

By Stephanie Eckardt

Milan Fashion Week has slowly but steadily been making progress on one of its greatest faults: a lack of diversity. The city’s fashion week has long been behind New York, London and Paris on the matter, but it was only last season that the focus branched out from race to include size inclusivity. Earlier this year, Paloma Elsesser and Jill Kortleve became the first “plus-size” models to walk Fendi in the house’s history. And thanks again in part to Kortleve, the (relative) progress has continued. Versace hit the same milestone on Friday, after casting Kortleve, Alva Claire, and Precious Lee alongside runway fixtures like Joan Smalls and Irina more