Is fashion racist? Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell seem to think so, and I do too. Fashion people are always trying to say that it is about aesthtics or that this season’s collection needs a certain look. That is complete and utter bullshit, and they know it! Choosing not to use a black girl for looks is a hot mess! Everyone blames everyone, but every single person is to blame. I blame the casting directors, the editors, the model scouts, the designers. They have the opportunity to hire great models from all colors, yet they don’t.
I remember being left in tears after a person in fashion told me to forget about racism in the industry. They shouted me down, and made me feel horrible. He told me that even though he had experienced racism, I should should ignore it and move on. They fact that he could openly admit to being the victim of racism and not see the need to fight still boggles my mind.
I have no idea what can be done to fight the deep seated ignorance in the industry. I feel like the most important people don’t care enough and see the efforts of Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell as a huge nuisance. They statements they issued these past few days after Hardison sent out her letter demanding action shows me that they really just don’t give a hoot. It isn’t surprising, but it is still very sad. Even though she lists designers by name, I feel like nothing will get done. What do you all make of all this?