#BlackGirlMagic in the Fashion Industry: Where is the Inclusion?
"With this industry, there is also a forced assimilation occurring for brown & black people into standards that were never meant for them to embrace. So the question remains, How do we practice full out inclusion and representation in a society that only wants to utilize the cool parts of us, but never the whole? Or a society that can make waves with the introduction of a plus size fashion show (THANK YOU!), but not have a platform for political activism in the face of black issues by non black or brown people? We have done it before, with (PRODUCT) Red or even just recently with designers taking a stance on the political state of America. But the day is now here to also discuss the plight of minorities also. Shayla’s advice to fashion itself stems from her favorite quote by Martin Luther King Jr. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Ebonee’s advice is to have the media recognize the role it plays in the spreading of awareness about different ethnicities, and how the media needs to recognize that it can shape equal representation in fashion."