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"Ask model agencies to include and send models of color when casting. Do not assume agents will automatically do so."
The 'Teen Vogue' Beauty and Health Director spoke with activist Bethann Hardison about her career, race and the unexpected success of her August 2015 cover spotlighting models of color.
The fashion industry is full of social and financial and moral injustices. But it's also full of people fighting them.
Friends don't let friends be racist.
You wouldn’t believe it if you looked on the runway, at an ad campaign, or heck...anywhere, but people of color are buying more luxury goods than ever. Nielsen just released its consumer report on black Americans, and the market research firm's findings were, to say the very least, quite eye-opening. With black buying power expected to to reach $1.7 trillion by 2017, the report notes how increasingly important it's become for brands to market to black people. Sadly, getting companies to realize this has been a struggle. According to the report, $75 billion dollars was spent last year on television, magazine, internet, and radio advertising, yet only $2.24 billion was spent on media focused on black audiences. A puzzling figure indeed.
Racial diversity was a big story this fashion month, thanks in large part to The Diversity Coalition and Bethann Hardison, who, before NYFW kicked off, sent letters to the governing bodies of each of the four international fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris) calling for an end to runway racism and calling out specific designers in each city who were guilty of the "racist act" of failing to put people of color on their runways. The big question over these last few weeks has been, did it work? And, just generally, were the runways any less white this season? Overall, the answer seems to be that there was an improvement, but not a huge one.
Find out what the British Fashion Council had to say in response to Bethann Hardison's letter calling out its designers for being racist.