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A Fashion Show Closed To "Formation" With All White Models And People Were Pissed

"Now all WHITE ladies now let's get in formation."

Posted on May 18, 2016, at 10:47 a.m. ET

Misha Collection, a Melbourne fashion company, closed its Australian Fashion Week show with a group of models walking to Beyoncé’s black pride anthem, "Formation." But many people are angry because the group didn't include a single black model.

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Beyoncé's "Formation" has been touted as the artist's most politically-charged work in her music career.

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The song is an unapologetic celebration of black culture — "I like cornbreads and collard greens, bitch" — and beauty — "I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils."

In fact, the song is so politically charged that Beyoncé has defended the music video against accusations that it is "anti-police" for featuring images inspired by Black Lives Matter protests.

When IMG Models, an international modeling agency, posted video of the closing show led by Bella Hadid, people were pretty livid.

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People noticed the what they called a glaring omission of any black models in the show.

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IMG Models / Via instagram.com

"Now all WHITE ladies now let's get in formation! SMH," said one person.

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People were threatening to boycott Misha.

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People from the Beyhive even came out.

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Racial diversity in fashion modeling has been an ongoing issue within the industry.

The Marc Jacobs Fall 2016 collection during Fashion Week in February 2016.
AP/Julie Jacobson

The Marc Jacobs Fall 2016 collection during Fashion Week in February 2016.

The Fashion Spot, an online fashion community, found that only about 25% of models cast for all of the Fall 2016 season's shows were models of color.

But this is actually an improvement. The Spring 2016 season was 77.6% white and the Fall 2015 season was 80% white, according to the site's statistics.

Some people defended the company's model casting.

IMG Models / Via instagram.com

But many people were still not convinced.

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Misha Collection and IMG Models did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

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