On the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2011 presentation. 20 plus black women dressed in black and wearing black sunglasses marched from Time Inc.’s headquarters ,home to Essence magazine near Radio City Music Hall to Lincoln Center, Fashion Week’s new digs. The fashionistas did not utter one word as they carried their signs that read: “I am a fashion director,” “I am Susan Taylor,” “I am Ionia Dunn Lee,” “I am Kevin Stewart,” “I am Pamela Macklin,” “I am Agnes Cammock” — all names of African Americans who have served in the fashion director role at Essence during its 40-year history. Michaela even captioned one of the images “Fashion Activism: Cool & Compassionate.” She called it “a tribute, a message.” One thing is for certain….Michaela does not hide behind a shroud, she is letting her voice be heard.
The images followed a Facebook post, in which Michaela wrote:
This is Fashion Week. For the 1rst time in its 40yr history Essence magazine doesn’t have a black Fashion Director. There’re several un or under employed completely or over qualified black candidates. There’re no blacks holding the top spot at any top magazine. Who would imagine in the era of Michelle O when it comes …to diversity, Fashion Week would get even weaker?
Proenza Schouler released an inflammatory, controversial video lampooning black women via The Fashion Bomb. About the video, a critic tweeted “They can’t offend black customers. They don’t have any.” Gasp.
Michaela Angela Davis - vocal about the hiring of an white editor for Essence magazine.
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