At Fashion Week, Why Don’t Runway Models Smile?

A reader wonders why we rarely see smiles on the catwalk — and if that’s always been the case in fashion.

Why do runway models always look miserable? They always look as if they would bite your head off if you spoke to them. What’s wrong with smiling? Did they ever? And if so, when did things change? — Lisa, Baltimore

I get this question all the time from people who catch sight of runway photos during fashion month. In fact, designers do sometimes ask their models to smile. Giorgio Armani did it this season for his Emporio Armani show. Sonia Rykiel used to do it all the time. She even

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