With the Oscars getting hammered for not nominating any people of color, not to mention all the uproar Beyonce caused with her Super Bowl halftime performance and all the racial turmoil happening in the country, diversity is sustaining the attention it needs.
Now the fashion world is stepping up to embrace diversity with style while being a vehicle to deliver the message.
This year during New York Fashion Week, a form of silent protest took on the fashion industry’s problem with diversity.
A canvas tote, designed by New York-based artist Ashley B. Chew, printed with “BLACK MODELS MATTER” embedded on the front, is the purse and silent protest that is a fashion statement within itself.
And the message is dead on target because black models have been down played in the beauty and fashion industries for way too long. And to those that will try and throw the racist hot potato back on the awareness movement – they’re not falling for the banana in the tailpipe. The industry played the race card – the movement is just trying to get it out of the deck.
It’s a damn shame that in 2016 it still takes movements to achieve equality. What’s even more of a damn shame is that when I Google this handbag it returns almost no Black models carrying it. Well, I’ll be damned. Keep on it if you want change people.