A History of Racism in Fashion

The Ebony Fashion Fair

Year: 1964

Ebony is a venerable media institution, started in 1945 to cater to the interests of the African-American community. Controversy around its mere existence dogged the publication for decades, but the ugliest incident occurred in the rural South during the Ebony Fashion Fair, a tour of noted African-American models and designers. Legendary model Pat Cleveland recalls their tour bus stopping at a gas station and an angry mob of predominately white males descending on the vehicle, attempting to tip it over. According to Cleveland, the same routine happened more than once, which begs the question: How do you end up so consumed by hatred that you try to tip over a bus full of beautiful women?

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