No shade, but Refinery 29 and Fashionista, where are your black girls? Why aren’t more women of color showcased in the fashion community? There is a growing community of women of color that DOMINATE the fashion scene. They trend all over the Tumblrs, Instagrams, and YouTubes of the world and yet they aren’t featured on popular online publications.
There’s an over-saturation of articles referencing the street styles of French girls and showcasing non-women of color rocking cornrows as their latest style accessory for their street style look. There are even articles about fashion week catering to Asian street style around the world.
My question is, where are all of the black girls who slay the concrete jungle on a regular basis?
We know there is a lack of diversity in the fashion industry; moves are being made to combat that, like Zac Posen’s runway show featuring predominantly black models, but why aren’t there more advertisements showcasing more women of color, particularly black women.
I get my daily source of fashion inspiration from online fashion geared websites and Pintrest. It’s unfortunate that I find more trendsetting women of color circulating Pintrest and Instagram, than I do on popular fashion websites. Have you ever checked out the website “Who What Where?” Their section on street style showcases badass looks that any fashionista would love to recreate, but it’s frustrating when you don’t look like the girl being featured in those photos.
Only a selected few get props for being bomb-ass street style influencers. Notables like fashion maven, Shiona Turini and beauty queen, Elaine Welteroth are two women of color that slay NYC’s streets.
As the fashion community continues to grow and shift, slowly becoming more diverse in its ads and brands, shouldn’t we see more trendsetting women of color gracing the street style section at some point?
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