Fashionâs Color Problem Continues<br />

Fashion’s Color Problem Continues

Black personalities top fashion’s “It” list, yet models and designers struggle

by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, February 08, 2013

Fashionâs Color Problem Continues<br />

to white skin—even when that legacy is forced to bump against the reality that fashion’s biggest icons that are Black.

The danger in this racial fashion legacy is it reproduces itself, like a trend, if it goes unchecked making some Black designers feel compelled to play along and avoid using a hip-hop playlist / casting Black models; and making it a coup when one Black model rises through the cracks to find her place in the sun. As the industry strives toward better fashion, it must strive to do and be better too.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of the novel Powder Necklace and founder of the blog People Who Write. Follow her on Twitter @nanaekua.

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