Quote, Unquote | Robin Givhan on Race and Racism in the Fashion Industry

All-Black Everything: Ajak Deng , Jeneil Williams, Ataui Deng, Jourdan Dunn (partially concealed) and Melodie Monrose close the Lanvin Spring 2011 fashion show.

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“They were cheering the black women, but not because they had performed dramatic runway pyrotechnics. They were cheering the women for the great accomplishment of simply being black, which, one might argue, in an industry that remains stubbornly homogeneous in many respects, is a feat worth getting excited about.”

-Robin Givhan, in New York Magazine, on race and racism in the fashion industry

I’m still digesting the article and the thoughts within it but I wanted to share this quote with you J’adore… readers and start a discussion.

What did you guys think about this quote? What about the article? Do you agree that in the fashion industry race is nothing more than a “paint chip”? Let me know in the comments section.

-Septembre

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About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine, TheKit.ca, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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