No One Should Use the ‘N-WORD!
The life of a POC who works in fashion. It has taken me a few days to respond to the most provoking news from Paris Haute Couture fashion week. It is also a story of a female POC who works in fashion in Paris, is American and French, and who can speak French. How should I respond to the use of the ‘N-Word?
Yes, No One Should Use the ‘N-WORD! Not even me. Which is easier said than done. Yes, it is said in our music and is almost second nature. But yes, we all should stop saying it because now people who think their cool and not POC use it freely too. Or maybe because they have friends who are POC they feel it is okay. No! Not the case.
When someone like Ulyana Sergeenko, or Miroslava Duma can express to me how it feels to be the only POC in a room, at a fashion event or in a classroom then maybe the dialogue can start there. Where it should have. Many of my POC fashion darlings took to Instagram to share their thoughts. I have to say “ Right on Sisters”. We know how it feels to be one in a million.
That is why I am content that Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko is under fire for a note she sent to Miroslava Duma. Good! Who then posted it on her Instagram! Bad Move to anyone that follows you like Naomi Campbell. Nice shout out she made to call you out!
I enjoy being that POC female in the room. With class, style, and education. Often it can be intimidating but speaking different languages and coming from New York gives me an advantage. Some of the main reasons I stay working in fashion, so other young people like me can see themselves.
This week’s Haute Couture catastrophe comes courtesy of a now-deleted Instagram story from Russian street style star-turned-entrepreneur Miroslava Duma. Russian couture designer Ulyana Sergeenko sent Duma — “To my n*ggas in Paris.” Bitch Please, Girl Bye.
Why would you post that to your Instagram Duma? I guess it’s funny slang they thought between two wealthy white women. They both are whining apologies.
When will you learn? Dam I am tired of this. You steal our swag and still forget. A POC in fashion needed to rant! As we pledge to put the N-WORD to rest. I will no longer validate why I am here in the room too. I have every right just as much as anyone else. Especially at Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.