While black models slayed both on and off the runway at last week’s New York Fashion Week, something was said for Zac Posen’s #BlackModelsMatter statement of a show.

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Inspired by Ugandan Princess Elizabeth of Toro, 25 of the 33 models chosen for the runway show were black women. “Since the inspiration was Elizabeth of Toro it made sense to have a casting reflecting this,“ Posen tells CNN Style. “Their presence and the diversity of the casting complimented the collection and made it more striking.”

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On his Instagram Zac Posen poses with “Black Models Matter” embossed tote made by model Ashley B. Chew captioned “#BlackModelsMatter #womanofcolormatter #Diversity is what makes the world beautiful and inspiring! #NYFW #FW16 @cfda bag by @ash_chew”

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