Hey guys, there has been much going on in the Bloggersphere! As most of you may have heard or seen, Revolve treated a group of blogger influencers to a lavish trip to Thailand. Whilst on the trip, Revolve posted a photo of all the women with the caption, “99 problems but this line up ain’t one”, except there was a HUGE problem, NOT ONE WOMAN OF COLOR was present in said line up. Which leads to my next question, are fashion influencers only white? Last time I checked white fashion houses continuously rob us of our fashion, call it theirs, and proceed to market it to us like it’s new when we know good and well it was ours to begin with.
See, I follow a few of the bloggers on this trip and caught wind of the lack of diversity when I watched Camila Coelho and Aimee Song’s instastories before any of this went viral. Interestingly enough, the hashtag for the trip is #revolvearoundtheworld. Once I saw this, I immediately thought, if this is something celebrating their influencers 1. Why is there only one demographic represented and 2. If you’re revolving around the world aren’t you inevitably going to come across a plethora of shades? How can you prance around using a hashtag with a global reference, completely shadeless?!
You see, God’s timing is EVERYTHING because this all occurred the day after Oprah delivered a riveting acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, in a room filled with colleagues who wore black to show solidarity for all those who have experienced sexual harassment. In other words, we weren’t having it simply because Oprah gave us the assurance that a new day was on the horizon and that the time was up! She also said our voice is the most powerful tool we have, something I have believed since a young age. I can tell you now, it was not easy growing up Haitian knowing I had a voice (lol), but what I’ve learned is that you have to speak up no matter what the consequence. This was one of the reasons why I chose to quit my job. I saw so many racial injustices occur right before my eyes, yet no one (even the oppressed) wanted to speak up in fear of being reprimanded or losing their job.
I see the same trend with these Revolve influencers. Though I genuinely love the few I follow, it’s extremely disheartening to see that none of them have used their platform to speak up for those of us that go unheard, especially, since Revolve has yet to address the issue at hand. It seems they are too afraid of what may come if they choose to speak up. This is the reason why Shady Society was created; the more I delved into the fashion industry, the more I noticed a lack of diversity that was too prevalent to ignore. As a relatively new blogger, I knew what I was up against. Instead of building my brand to get a seat at the table, I chose to set my own table.
The solution is simple, we have got to create our own! Everyone got on Jada when she tried to tell us this in regards to the #OscarsSoWhite nominations, but where exactly is the lie? One thing I know for sure is that our influence as a people is here to stay; it permeates boundaries, sets trends, and provides even the catchiest of captions by way of the black culture they continue to appropriate. I sat time’s up on all of this!
What do you think?
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