Anna Wintour is solely taking full responsibility for the lack of diversity and intolerant behavior at Vogue. Ever since the BLM protests erupted in some parts of the world influential people have weighed in their opinions. And one of the biggest names in fashion is none other than Anna Wintour. As the editor-in-chief of the pop magazine Vogue Anna Wintour felt the need to discuss the important racial subject.
The fashion world has always lacked diversity. And as for black people, they were given quite a hard time in trying to fit in. From black models’ faces being neglected by makeup artists to black designers being unnoticed, the space has been narrower. From time to time black talents have been swept under the rug. And now since the world at large demands social reform, influential figures like Anna Wintour should identify their wrongs.
Recently, Anna Wintour has written an internal email to the Vogue staff. In it she identifies the racial inequality that has been happening at Vogue. This announcement came after the food magazine Bon Appetit was accused of unfair treatment to black people. Both magazines Bon Appetit and Vogue are under the same global media company Conde Nast. In the internal memo that was obtained by Page Six Anna Wintour wrote,
“I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team – I can only imagine what these days have been like. But I also know that the hurt, and violence and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it nd doing something about it is overdue.” She wrote on the email sent on the 4th of June.
The longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue further addressed her ignorance of diverse representation in the fashion magazine.
She added. “I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators.”
She has promised to “do better” in future and have advised the staff members to share their concerns with her. Also, about few weeks ago Anna Wintour told Joe Bidden to choose a woman of color as his VP.
“It can’t be easy to be a Black employee at Vogue, and there are few of you. I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will – and please know that I value your voices and responses as we move forward. I am listening and would like to hear your feedback and your advice if you would like to share either.”
She went on to conclude by saying, “I am proud of the content we have published on our site over the past few days but I also know that there is much more work to do. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me directly. I am arranging ways we can discuss these issues together candidly, but in the meantime I welcome your thoughts or reactions.”
It appears as if Anna Wintour is ready to make some adjustments at Vogue. Finally Black creators will have a room to share their expertise. The fact that Vogue had never hired black photographers is the reason why Beyoncé opted to bring a black photographer to work on her previous cover shoot.