In an op-ed featured today in The Business of Fashion, Jason Campbell highlights the fact that Vogue Italia actually has an entirely separate section for documenting all things black and in fashion. While yes, some people could say this is an effort to give focus and attention to an underrepresented segment of the fashion industry, Campbell hones in on how this platform separated street style images of stylish black men and women in a section of the site's "Black Blog" called "Vogueista Black."
There is not enough time in the day to document even just the recent instances of racism rearing its ugly and persistent head within the fashion industry. So instead of bashing on the goons that continue displaying ignorance with blackface, slavery and "savage" themes, and other insensitivity, Campbell pulls back to look at the bigger picture at why things like "Vogue Black" get the green light.
Here's Campbell's answer:
"At the crux of the matter is the fact that, at fashion companies, senior decision-makers and their teams are largely composed of white people and there is zero initiative to change the status quo. As the lack of racial diversity continues to plague the industry, misguided decisions, such as the one to launch 'Vogue Black' and segregate coverage of stylish blacks, are often taken because fashion’s boardrooms and editorial meetings are missing people who could bring alternative perspectives."
Read the full op-ed over at Business of Fashion, where it's not all gloom and doom. Campbell mentions the efforts of people like Riccardo Tisci, Umit Benan, and the Diversity Coalition to eradicate defining difference by skin color. Make this the read of the day today, since the first step towards creating change is recognizing what is keeping the status quo in place.
[via Business of Fashion]