Black Girl Magic|Fashion & Diversity Why I Still Work in Fashion
After watching Casting Director James Scully discuss Calls for Reform of the Fashion Industry’s Overt Racism and Discrimination, my black girl magic started brewing. I decided to stay up late a write this piece, as any dedicate fashion journalist/blogger should. The fashion veteran, had my attention for his less than 30 minute emotional take on how he felt about the fashion world of today. He was a guest speaker at the Business of Fashion annual VOICES event. Scully who has been a major player in the fashion world for several decades, revealed he no longer recognizes the fashion industry any more. I agree neither do I.
While fashion once celebrated the beauty and diversity of women, Scully says the industry is now marked by racism, discrimination, and bullying.
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I wanted to express how I felt too, because this business is hard and you can be in and out in a minute. As well as slated by your peers, for not having the right style, designer clothes or not rich enough. Do not come from the right family or haven’t married the right guy. I wanted to express how it feels to be a “Butter girl” in the industry.
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One of the main reasons I started this Digital Magazine/Blog was, because I too did not see women or girls like me blogging or getting recognition for it. Many of the females like me who do get recognition usually stay in their lane. I mean really do not do any other fashion week beside New York or London.
Fashion & Diversity Why I Still Work in Fashion
Don’t speak a few languages or are just ghetto fashionista’s. I am not saying anything is wrong with that. Yet, most are not getting a campaign because of their fashion blog. It is like 1 out of five.
The other day, I thought what would I do if I did not work in fashion? I was baffled. Fashion nowadays’ can be a mean girls club. Let me tell you.
Women of color in the business are mean. There I said it. James has given me the courage to say it. In my experiences, I have met some women of color who are stylist, fashion editors and blogger’s that can be down right ugly.
They act like we are in high school with a you cannot sit with us attitude. Yet, darling you are no Naomi, I think to myself. Why can’t we just smile and say hi when you she another sister in the room? We do not have to be friends.
On the other hand it is different in the modeling world for me, every sister is always happy to see me at a show or on the street. They are happy another sister is around.
That is why I don’t under stand the others. All of the above are the reason I continue to work in Fashion, because I love it, and there aren’t too many girls like me. I always want to be a girl/women who dreams and works in a creative environment.
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I want to show girls like me yes, we are the pepper in fashion. There is already too much salt, so let’s shake it up and add the salsa. I want to be a role model, a women of color who speaks a few languages and is educated. I hope to continue to open doors to people like me and shine bright like a diamond.
Yes we have flavour, talent and can write.
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This is why I stay in fashion. I am not perfect, but still there is a place for me. You might not like me, because I pull coattails, out you, don’t have the latest bag or just because I am a different shade.
But sorry to tell you I am not going anywhere. It may be hard, but I will always support my sisters who have the guts enough to work in this industry.
Love me or Hate me. This is a day in the life of a butter girl in fashion.
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