I am captivated by visuals that are unique and thrilling in every way. That’s why high fashion and luxury labels bring me immense happiness. They consistently deliver editorials that are breathtakingly creative. The new luxury movement, embodied by brands like Dior, Prada, and Balenciaga, places value on cultural heritage and knowledge, not just price. It’s heartening to see these brands creating inspiring personal stories and identities that are tied to both traditional craftsmanship and innovative ideas. This is why the new luxury is such a transformative force in the world of streetwear.
Despite this, I am disappointed by the lack of representation for diverse communities. Unfortunately, the majority of those behind the camera or in production teams are male, white, or both. As a result, many diverse individuals are left out of the picture or viewed as too risky to showcase. It’s a new decade and there are people who are breaking the mold, becoming more inclusive and diverse. While these efforts are commendable, they are unfortunately limited in scope, with editorials featuring underrepresented groups like Native Americans, Indians, Asians, African Americans, Muslims, plus-size individuals, and people with disabilities only reaching niche communities and not the mainstream. It’s time for change and for all voices to be heard and celebrated.
The fashion and beauty industry is ripe for transformation, and embracing diversity and inclusivity can be the catalyst for this change. While it’s commendable that some brands are taking steps to include minorities on their catwalks and in their campaigns, we need to go beyond just checking a box and instead truly embrace the full spectrum of society. One black curvy model is not enough, and the industry must go back to the drawing board and truly understand the diversity that makes up our world.
The potential for growth and impact is immense when we embrace all ethnicities, body shapes, and identities. Breaking down the barriers that have traditionally limited the fashion and beauty industry opens the door to a world of possibilities. The old luxury was about class distinction, but the new luxury is about authenticity and true identity. Inclusivity should be at the forefront of this new definition, and we must work together to create a world that values and celebrates the diverse beauty of humanity. Let’s use this opportunity to educate ourselves and each other, and create a brighter future for all.