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Must Read: Estrella Vasquez Covers 'Vogue', Raf Simons Speaks Post-Calvin Klein

Plus, what fashion can learn from Elizabeth Warren.
Estella Vasquez covers Vogue magazine. Photo: Tim Walker for Vogue

Estella Vasquez covers Vogue magazine. Photo: Tim Walker for Vogue

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Estrella Vasquez covers Vogue
For the first time in its 120 years of existence, Vogue  has featured a "muxe" – an indigenous transgender woman from Mexico – as a cover star. Muxes are defined by a gender identity that combines gay male and feminine characteristics and is often referred to locally as a third gender. The image of Vasquez covers Mexican Vogue and is also featured inside British Vogue. {Independent}

Raf Simons speaks post-Calvin Klein
After leaving Calvin Klein, Raf Simons made his first public appearance in Antwerp, where he discussed his opinion on the state of the fashion system, the value behind a design and the importance of staying independent and supporting the new generation. Though Simons believes being independent allows him to express himself more freely, during the 35-minute talk he steered clear of any discussion of the Calvin Klein brand. {WWD}

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What fashion can learn from Elizabeth Warren
Nina McLemore is the designer for some of the most powerful female leaders like Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton. McLemore dresses more chief executives, U.S. Supreme Court justices, politicians and news anchors than any other brand. Unfortunately, the same kinds of designs aren't available to the masses. Most fashion companies aren't creating merchandise suitable for professional roles and as a result, women struggle to find appropriate attire for work. {Vogue Business}

Fashion brands are hiring chief diversity officers
Fashion brands like H&M, Gucci and Prada have appointed chief diversity officers after receiving significant public backlash from recent mishaps involving race. For the industry, the role of chief diversity officer is relatively new and brands will often hire this person to save face or make amends. Over the years, the role has become even more crucial to meet customer and shareholder needs. {Vogue Business}

In fashion, women are leading the fight against the climate crisis
The majority of the sustainable fashion industry's changemakers are women, which is what fashion journalist Dana Thomas discovered when she was researching for her latest book on sustainability and the damage the fashion industry is doing to the earth. Thomas shares with BoF Voices the female leaders who are fighting against the climate crisis, even after they were told that their ideas would never work. {Business of Fashion}

The British Fashion Council announces new award
The British Fashion Council has announced the Designer's Designer Award, a new award for The Fashion Awards 2019. The addition coincides with the launch of BFC's Membership Program and will spotlight British designers who have made a global impact through product design, campaigns and collaborations that are built upon a firm business foundation. The nominees for this new award are Christopher Kane, Jonathan Anderson, Margaret HowellRoksanda Ilinčić and Simone Rocha. {Fashionista Inbox}

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