If a racist column hadn’t been written by French Elle contributing writer Nathalie Dolivo on their site last month, the media may have not taken notice to the magazine's overall color issues. Dolivo’s column, since removed from their site, concluded that “white codes of dress” are why Black people have become more “chic” and have given up their “streetwear.” For a bit of extra charm, she added that Blacks wanting to add an "ethnic" touch can include a “batik-printed turban” to their wardrobe. In a industry that’s already subject to much criticism for its size and ethnic specificity, this certainly didn’t sit well with many.
French supermodel Noémie Lenoir, Morehouse College's Julius E. Coles and other public figures took to Le Monde newspaper to voice their upset. Under a racial microscope, Jezebel writer Jenna Sauers found that in their 52 weekly issues in 2011, only two had non-white women on the cover.
Given the fashion world and its low number of Black influencers, this summation of French Elle is more frustrating than shocking. What will it take for the fashion world to be all-inclusive?