The fashion industry has held a powerful position in our society not just because it is responsible for clothing
Beyoncé at Coachella or Rihanna at the Met Gala but it is a central voice in the media. For decades it has set the tone for society and been a gatekeeper of what’s passable. Deciding and dictating what is beautiful and acceptable. Transcending into many beauty standards that are seen in western cultures. This hasn’t always placed black beauty high within it. Naturally being a black man Iv always wondered, until recently, where my blackness fitted into this. Especially, before black was the new orange!
Huge fashion houses and brands have plastered the media with a very western version of beauty for decades. Until diversity has been something which has brought in more revenue by appealing to a wider palette of races and sizes. Iv found my blackness didn’t find a home in this world until recently with other black men such as Virgil Abloh and Edward Enningful gaining such highly respected roles in fashion.
I don’t for one moment want to sound like I think there is absolutely no room for my blackness in the fashion industry. Because I am very much aware that the industry is attempting to make room for black beauty standards, black talent, and black creatives into the industry. However again it’s to an extent, as the room that I feel there is isn’t as wide as spacious as others. You really have to fight that little bit harder to get many professionals in the industry to take you seriously.
Signing out Lance the Fashion Guy