The CFDA Launches New Black Advisory Board

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has created a new Black advisory board to ensure increased "diversity, equity, and inclusion”—WWD reported on September 1.

To say this year has been an uprising for the fashion would be an understatement. Following the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and more—and the subsequent social events—2020 has brought forth a major shift for Black creatives in the fashion industry, one that was long overdue. From the creation of the Black in Fashion Council to the Aurora James's 15 Percent Pledge and the Pull Up or Shut Up Challenge, Black women have been calling out the injustices and holding the industry accountable for the, frankly, scarce opportunities Black talent is given. Now, and after naming CaSandra Diggs its first Black president on August 10, the CFDA seems ready to follow suit. 

The CFDA is launching a new Black advisory board that will be responsible for the organisation’s efforts concerning inclusivity and diversity. Back in June, on the heels of protests stemming from the Black Lives Matter Movement, the CFDA started brainstorming initiatives to tackle racial injustice. “We outlined specific initiatives with the goal of bringing an end to racial injustice in the fashion industry,” Tom Ford, the current chairman of the CFDA told WWD. This advisory board is one of those initiatives. Tom Ford added that the CFDA is “firmly committed to creating systematic change in our industry.” 

Board members include Harper's Bazaar's editor-in-chief Samira Nasr, Netflix's chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John, Fashion Technology Connects's cofounder Stacie Henderson and CFDA member Martin Cooper. Tracy Reese will serve as executive board vice chairwoman.  

The creation of the new Black advisory board definitely continues to add to the shift going on in the industry. “We are bringing together an impressive group of esteemed industry colleagues to collectively help us build a framework for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in fashion,” CaSandra told WWD on the board members. 

During a time where the industry is seemingly finally striving to huge systematic changes, it’s imperative to have leading individuals fighting to give Black people more opportunities while tackling injustices. The CFDA is on the right path.

This article originally appeared on Teen Vogue.

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