Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, and public-relations specialist, Sandrine Charles, announced the co-founding of the ‘Black in Fashion Council’, an organization of over 400 Black professionals with the mission of representing, and securing the advancement of Black people within the fashion industry.
“We’ve had these moments where the industry has taken stock, but they haven’t fully committed to inclusivity in the way that they need to. We realized we needed to do something different than we’ve ever done before,” Peoples’ said in an interview.
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The Black in Fashion Council was founded to represent and secure the advancement of black individuals in the fashion and beauty industry. As a collective, we envision a world in which black people in fashion and beauty spaces can be open and honest, guaranteed equal rights, and be celebrated for our voices. While we are working on our end, we encourage people in the industry to rise to the occasion to sustain long-term change. #blackinfashion
Those who sign up will be given the next six months to work with the council’s board members from different factors of the industry. Long-term devotion and participation are required for at least three years.
The Black In Fashion Council plans on holding groups and organizations accountable with what can be described as a yearly public report card that will share data on employee representation, campaigns, corporate culture, and will contribute to their overall index score.