Fashion Was Super White in 2009. It Still Is. – The Cut

By on September 11, 2019

In 2009, I was full of doubts about fashion. Not because of the trends (although one musn’t forget about stacked platform pumps and peplum tops), but because my place within it was in flux.

I had just graduated from graduate school at Columbia University, earning my masters in African American Studies. My mentor wanted me to pursue a Ph.D., but I was set on getting a job in “corporate fashion.” I wanted a salary and a desk and I didn’t want to stand on my feet all day the way I had working retail. True, I had just dedicated two years of my life to adding corrective, restorative, and prescriptive discourse to the canon of black studies. But fashion — a path I knew to be largely white, deeply insular, and often exploitative — had gotten hold of me years earlier.

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