Pulitzer prize winning African-American fashion journalist Robin Givhan of the Washington Post offered her thoughts on Essence Magazine’s Ellianna Placas scandal today:
In her article, she gives kudos to Essence for being inclusive, saying that black women’s style and flair is something that is universally admired and respected. She writes, “Models such as Liya Kebede and Queen Latifah have won lucrative cosmetics contracts from Estée Lauder and Cover Girl, making black beauty more mass market than ever. Black models have starred as Victoria’s Secret angels — the contemporary version of a popular pin-up. Fashion designers vie to dress stars such as Beyoncé, Paula Patton and Viola Davis with the same ferocity as white ones. Black actresses regularly entrust their public image to white stylists. And designers of every race and ethnicity salivate at the prospect of dressing the first lady and a rainbow coalition of them have helped her look her best.”
She continues, “…if the mainstream glossies keep to their mostly homogenous ways, so be it. That’s another battle. Essence shouldn’t aspire to be just like all the other magazines. It should aim to be better.”
She’s basically of the camp that says that Essence should be celebrated (not criticized), as it’s paving the way for inclusion and diversity.
What do you think?
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