Many of you have noticed that in the past couple weeks, we’ve started to feature more unsuspected style stars.
In addition to our typical posts about Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian, we’ve also started to incorporate Blake Lively, Nicky Hilton, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mila Kunis.
Quite a number of you have expressed distaste with our new direction. ? wrote, “Why all these white girls on fbd?” In response, Enigma offered, “Call me crazy but I assumed…FBD was an Urban blog who caters to fashion of minorities (mainly blacks, but latinas, asians etc. as well) And I also assumed most people visit this site for fashion news and that as a minority you can appreciate the fashion of other races and ethnicities…silly me!” The SPS countered, “The diversity isn’t that welcome to ME. Why do black websites always feel as if they HAVE to be diverse when sites operated by white people never feel such an obligation? Minorities always feel as if they have to include others, the majority never does. I kind of come on here for black fashion…that’s the sites niche and value imo.” Lastly, Tamra typed, “Blake Lively, Nicki Hilton, Gyn Paltrow on FBD? Two are known racists. And one is so irrelevant. I thought this site was to represent and support women of color? Is this site under new management?”
Nope, same management! We’re simply trying to evolve and, as Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change [we] wish to see in the world.”
Yes, this site began as a one stop shop for ‘urban’ fashion. With a degree in African-American studies, I noticed a void in the market place, and created a site for women who looked like me and shared similar interests in music and pop culture.
Over time, the whole definition of ‘urban’ has changed. Our hip-hop and R&B stars are now pop icons co-hosting American Idol and rocking the nation for Superbowl.
Fashion itself is international, vibrant, and ever changing. It is not confined to one group, class, or race. The proof of the pudding has been in our readers hailing from Poland, Romania, India, Spain, and more who submit to be Bombshells and Bombers of the Day.
Unfortunately, the fashion world at large doesn’t yet realize that. All too often when I go abroad to participate in Fashion Month, the diversity we seek and have represented for years is lacking, and shows no signs of abating.
So do two wrongs make a right? In order to actively participate in the fashion world and industry at large, diversity for us is a must. And isn’t multiculturalism and a true representation of every body type, color, and country a great goal for the future?
Of course we’re not going to abandon our core mission–I love to showcase those leading ladies and men of color who might not get shine on a mainstream site.
But we’d also like to add a few new faces–people whose style we admire, regardless of skin color.
Lastly, imagine if the discourse was the same for a ‘majority’ site? If an editor wanted to feature a minority, yet their readers kicked up a fuss?
The goal is simply to add a bit of flavor–not take away from what we already have.
So what do you think? Are you down for a bit of diversity?