Beverly Johnson‘s 1974 Vogue cover was a watershed moment, but she reveals that injustices throughout her trailblazing career led her to create the “Beverly Johnson Rule” for meaningful change in the fashion industry.
Via InStyle, she described the rule:
At least two Black professionals have to be meaningfully interviewed for positions in the board of directors — because that’s where all of the policy and the strategy are made — and then down in the C-executive suites and all the way down to photographers, makeup artists, and the hairdressers. It’s a mandate, but it’s up to you as an industry or company whether you want to adopt that rule.”
Anna Wintour, who has been the editor in chief of Vogue for over 30 years and is currently the doyenne of Condé Nast, admitted last week to a culture of structural exclusion at Vogue and across the fashion industry. Wow — after three decades, fashion’s leading arbiter has finally acknowledged that there may be a problem! […]
Black culture contributes enormously to the fashion industry. But black people are not compensated for it. Brands do not retain and promote the many talented black professionals already in the fashion, beauty and media workforce. Brands do not significantly invest in black designers. The fashion industry pirates blackness for profit while excluding black people and preventing them from monetizing their talents.
Johnson has been having a busy year personally as well, including a recent engagement to financier Brian Maillian.
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