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Fashion gets real about race - how the industry is finally changing in the wake of Black Lives Matter

For decades, women of colour have been an afterthought in the fashion industry, with white skin seen as the 'default' standard for beauty. That's all about to change, writes Rose Mary Roche, as fashion faces a Black Lives Matter-inspired moment of reckoning

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Designer Virgil Abloh takers a bow at the end of his 2019 menswear fashion show in 2019

Designer Virgil Abloh takers a bow at the end of his 2019 menswear fashion show in 2019

Adut Akech and Pierpaolo Piccioli

Adut Akech and Pierpaolo Piccioli

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Race has long been a contentious issue in the fashion and modelling industry. Fashion's complicated relationship with race is decades in creation, deep-seated and well overdue a reappraisal. When George Floyd was killed by US police, few could have foreseen the shockwaves that would ripple across our collective culture, from the arts to media and business. Who would have predicted that Anna Wintour, the doyenne of high chic, would be making an apology for Condé Nast's failings in relation to diversity and opportunities for black staff, in the wake of that event?

The fact that fashion has been fixated on unreal beauty standards is widely acknowledged - and the degree to which these standards have been almost exclusively based on ideals of white beauty is now the focus of revived scrutiny.


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