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photo: Nicki Minaj

It's a sad fact that even though cultural appropriation is still alive and well in fashion, when it comes to actual diversity and inclusivity, the world of style is severely lacking.

From the models cast to walk in shows to the editorial masthead at your favorite magazines, people of color are still seriously underrepresented in fashion.

And Nicki Minaj isn't having it.

During her performance at designer Phillipp Plein's Fashion Week afterparty, Minaj spoke out. "Designers get really big and really rich off of our culture, and then you don’t see a motherfucker that look anything like us in the front row half the time."

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Minaj definitely had a point. According to analysis performed by The Fashion Spot, fashion is still an overwhelmingly white place.

Last season, "For all four cities combined, 72.1 percent of the models cast were white and 27.9 % were women of color — and this was considered to be the most diverse Fashion Month ever. It's sad that a little over a quarter of non-white models is the best the industry has EVER done, but here we are.

Plein's after-party was pretty diverse, since it featured performances by the top names in music.

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Yo Gotti, 21 Savage, and Rae Sremmurd performed alongside Minaj at the after-party. She rapped "Rake It Up" and "No Flag," and basically everyone lost their minds.  

Teyana Taylor also did an unforgettable dance routine while Future performed.

She spun, she sauntered. She DID A DEATH DROP. My goodness. 

Minaj wisely used her platform to acknowledge the need for diversity in the industry.

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As a celebrity facing hundreds of the biggest names in the industry, Minaj had a rare opportunity. She shared her perspective as a woman of color, and also celebrated a designer who is doing it right. With cultural appropriation STILL running rampant in fashion spreads and on the runway, it's time that the faces of fashion reflect the world.