On February 8th, I attended the Macy’s Black History Month-Eras of Black Style event at the Galleria Hidalgo location. This event was very special because it highlighted the trends and style of African-Americans over time. On panel Joy Sewing (the fashion/beauty editor for the Houston Chronicle) was the moderator and Editor Constance White and Supermodel Beverly Johnson gave their own insight into the black community and how much influence is had over designers and style trends. They also told so many stories of their personal experiences as a black woman in fashion and how much things have evolved.
One thing that both Constance White and Beverly Johnson pointed out was that the African-American community now do not fight as hard as the community did back in the 60s and 70s for their place on the runways, or photo shoots, or as designers in the industry. This intrigued me and I wondered why this was. Constance suggested that maybe it is due to fear that the artist or celebrities who have the power to speak up and take a stand will lose that next endorsement deal or sponsorship if they get too “controversial”. Or maybe they feel that they are not as powerful as they think. One of my favorite points made by both women was that if you are a person of celebrity or power, that comes with a responsibility to help the people that put them where they are today.
All in all it was a really great event and we connected with so many great people.
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xoxo, Wrk IT Girl