Models Of Color Are Thriving In Today's Fashion Industry. Do Hair Stylists Need To Go Back To School?

Models Anabel Krasnotsvetova + Olivia Anakwe by Nicolas Kantor for Bobbie Brown Extra Lip Campaign

Models Anabel Krasnotsvetova + Olivia Anakwe by Nicolas Kantor for Bobbie Brown Extra Lip Campaign

Model Olivia Anakwe Calls Out Hairstylists Who Can’t Do Black Hair at Fashion Shows by Jessica Andrews for Teen Vogue

Olivia Anakwe: “Fashion brands are getting praise for being inclusive and casting black models, but they are still not hiring creatives who are skilled enough to style textured hair. "No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist," Anakwe wrote.

Jessica Andrews: For Bustle's "Good Hair" series, writer Faith Cummings reached out to hairstylists to address the disparity in cosmetology schools. She spoke with Topher Gross, a stylist at New York City’s Seagull Salon, who said "it's likely a result of many beauty schools centering their training on fine, straight hair, inherently excluding natural hair and kinkier textures.” He told her, “You [have to] go back to school or [pay to] get extra training for textured, natural, and ethnic hair. That’s a huge problem. Every stylist should know and be trained to cut, style, and/or color all textures [from the start]."

Supermodel Naomi campbell says not much has changed in the fashion industry, when the topic is professional hair stylists who can handle all types of hair. This issue is even more challenging today, given the very significant influx of diverse models into fashion. It’s hard to believe that this diversity trend will be short-lived, as younger consumers demand diversity and inclusivity from brands they support and millions of people of every age are thrilled by the change.

If models of color continue to encounter hair stylists only handling select types of hair and actually having the kind of racial arrogance that Anake has experienced, they should compete for a smaller number of hair stylist slot, opening up new opportunities for hair stylists who have the skills. The designer can fix this issue instantaneously by asking the right questions about his/her fashion show teams. With the dramatic number of models of color walking shows, it seems that several capable, credentialed on all types of hair stylists are needed.

No model of color needs a racial putdown from a hairstylist. Period.

Also, the industry — including rep agencies — must encourage that their hairstylists have these accredited or professionally validated skills in handling all types of hair. If their rosters do not include these hair stylists, the agencies must find them. These credentials should be posted online at their agencies as part of their portfolio. If a hairdresser is only able to handle white girls hair, that fact should be known before booking. There are racial bias changes that are far more difficult to tackle. This is not one of them. Fix it, fashion industry. ~ Anne

Olivia Anake features at AOC

Linda Sarsour Accuses Nancy Pelosi Of Upholding Patriarchy As Ilhan Omar Calls Obama A Pretty-Face Murderer


Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour had choice words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as House Democrats struggled this week to respond to Rep. Ilhan Omar accusing Jewish lawmakers of displaying "allegiance to a foreign country."

Sarsour, who served as co-chair of the Women's March in 2017 and 2019, accused Pelosi of "doing the dirty work of powerful white men" by condemning Omar’s words, writes the San Francisco Chronicle. .

"Nancy is a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men," she wrote in a Facebook post. "God forbid the men are upset - no worries, Nancy to the rescue to stroke their egos."

Friday night, Rep. Omar stole the narrative yet again, igniting a new controversy by appearing to bash former president Barack Obama as some sort of “war-mongering, neoliberal shill”, according to Vanity Fair.

Omar says the “hope and change” offered by Barack Obama was a mirage. Recalling the “caging of kids” at the U.S.-Mexico border and the “droning of countries around the world” on Obama’s watch, she argues that the Democratic president operated within the same fundamentally broken framework as his Republican successor.

“We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar says. “And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

Reading the actual Politico article in which Rep. Omar basically calls Obama just another murderer with a pretty face, I read the words of Ali Aden, a 39-year-old engineer who came to the U.S. two decades ago. I am trying to see if he is related to Halima Ali Aden -- the hijab-wearing model I write about all the time -- who returned to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya this summer for a very inspiring TED Talk.

These are his words about Omar's Minnesota constitutents, expressing hope that Omar will "do better". With Linda Sarsour at her side, I seriously doubt it:

" All of this proved agonizing for Omar’s constituents, particularly those in the Somali community. Her arrival in Congress was meant to bring them legitimacy and representation. Instead, almost immediately, it invited controversy and humiliation. “I was shocked. I don’t like her on Twitter,” Aden tells me. “She’s very smart, and I didn’t think she would talk that way. It was an embarrassment for me as a Somali-American, because we do not like extreme left or extreme right. But she will do better. This is new to her—she will learn how to handle it.”

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Diane von Furstenberg + Painter Ashley Longshore Unveil 37 Large-Scale Portraits Of Extraordinary Women


Many younger fashionistas might not know that designer Diane Von Furstenberg has a long history as a feminist supporting women’s rights, feminist activism and women’s-focus philanthropy + small business development. In honor of women’s history month, the creator of the wrap-dress is bringing her feminist credentials to her D.V.F. flagship store in lower Manhattan, in a major art collab with Ashley Longshore.

Unveiled in time for International Women’s Day on Friday March 8th, DVF and Longshore, a 43-year-old Alabama native who is currently based in New Orleans, have created 37 large-scale portraits, intended to celebrate extraordinary women. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michelle Obama, and Gloria Steinem.  The entire show will reside in Von Furstenberg’s Washington Street store through May.

In 2018 Longshore was the first female artist to exhibit at Bergdorf Goodman. Known for vibrant, embellished paintings that reference pop culture, writes Vanity Fair.

“To me, color is just so comforting, it makes me feel alive,” she said of her creative process in a recent interview. “I love that playfulness, I’m drawn to that like a moth to a flame.” 

When Von Furstenberg explained her concept for the new installation, Longshore said, “She was talking to me about my work and telling me [her] idea about powerful women, fearless women, and I said, ‘Look Diane, I am so in on this. I’ll work myself to death for you for this.’” According to Longshore, von Furstenberg’s did request that the portraits be created without the artist’s signature bedazzle, glitter, and resin. In this situation, DVF felt that these memorable women subjects of great influence and inspiration should stand alone.