Five Women of Color Get Real About the Fashion Industry
Vogue’s Marjon Carlos, Refinery29’s Connie Wang, Latina Magazine‘s Verky Arcos Baldonado, Native Max founder Kelly Holmes and freelance writer Amina Akhtar on the importance of diversity in fashion
In discussions surrounding racial diversity in the fashion industry, people seem to speak with dismal hope that maybe, just maybe, it will get better soon. The reality is that people are tired of waiting. They’ve experienced firsthand what it feels like to not see enough people who look like them in film, television, on runways or even among their staff.
The five women of color below are doing their part to change this landscape. They work feverishly at their respective jobs in fashion to make a difference. Between ensuring that people of color are represented as new designers to watch, models of color are featured in editorials and that stories about appropriation are more educative than sensational, these women are a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
Read on to find yourself inspired by Vogue.com’s Senior Fashion Writer, Marjon Carlos, Refinery29’s Fashion Features Director, Connie Wang, Latina’s Editor-at-Large, Verky Arcos Baldonado, Native Max founder Kelly Holmes and freelance writer Amina Akhtar who are just as passionate about fashion as they are about change. They share stories on their big breaks in the fashion industry, their thoughts on the conversation regarding racial diversity and why it’s high time to get more women and people of color in power.