I found this throwback of an interview I did about ‘Women in Broadcasting’ and the portrayal of women in the media. I can’t help but draw parallels to what we are trying to say right now, all around the world.
The message being, that we should not need to be reinforced by anyone to be seen as worthy, and we don’t need to be vouched for by another group to be seen as credible. We are credible. The older white man example is a really an analogy for all the times invisible groups have only been allowed into spaces with a ‘guide’, spaces they could clearly navigate and master without one.
There are so many examples of ways BIPOC are being told ‘your voice is not enough’ on its own – and it’s part of what needs to stop. What does “Flip it on its head completely” even look like? I don’t know…but can we dream out loud?
An Indigenous designer co-hosting the MET Gala?
Natural dye experts in Accra being PAID for consulting with big fashion brands on their dye processes?
More BIPOC as keynote or headliner speakers at notable fashion summits?
More BIPOC featured in the top ‘influencer’ write-ups in mainstream media?
Other global fashion weeks getting as much fanfare as the big four?
More shows like the Savage x Fenty lingerie one…
I don’t know, what’s on your wishlist?!