Model highlights hair-raising disparities in fashion industry

Fashion should be an industry that is representative and inclusive of all, but when it doesn’t even support the models that bolster its business, there is obviously some room for improvement.

This became apparent when Londone Myers, a model for big-name labels like Dior, Chloé and Louis Vuitton “posted a time-lapse video on Instagram that documents her being ignored by hairstylists” when she showed up to model for New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2018 shows, according to PopSugar.

In her video, PopSugar says Myers is seen sitting patiently while wearing headphones as   white models were busy being primped and readied for the runway. Even though Myers told Teen Vogue that she normally styles her hair herself prior to shows (and on this day, she did not prep beforehand), she captioned her video with a plea to stylists to be more inclusive in their work.

“I don’t need special treatment from anyone,” she wrote, according to PopSugar. “What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. I’m so tired of people avoiding doing my hair at shows. How dare you try to send me down the runway with a linty busted afro.”

Other black models, she said, only had their hair styled because they spoke French, reports PopSugar, thus helping them get the attention they needed; but when Myers finally flagged a stylist, she said “that due to the discrimination, the hairstylist left her and the other black women looking ‘unpolished.'” As a result of Myers’ experience, other models have shared similar experiences, says PopSugar, with many of them offering that they, too, have had to style their own hair prior to shows.

But just as fashion should be for all, so also should hair styling that allows models in the industry to feel as beautiful and confident as possible — no matter their hair type, skin color or circumstance.

 

Welteroth officially ‘Teen Vogue’ EIC

It’s official: Elaine Welteroth is now the editor in chief of Teen Vogue. 

According to WWD, Welteroth will now be “charged with expanding Teen Vogue’s presence through new consumer experiences and products.” Previously, she served as the magazine’s beauty and health director and eventually held the title of editor, overseeing “digital director Phillip Picardi and creative director Marie Suter,” says WWD.

For Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor in Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour, Welteroth was a natural fit for the role of Teen Vogue editor in chief, according to WWD.

“Elaine is incredibly in tune with the Teen Vogue audience and has used that unique insight to engage and connect with her readers on a very personal level,” Wintour said. “Over the last year, she has demonstrated a fearless leadership in her pursuit to make Teen Vogue the voice of a new generation, and we look forward to all she will accomplish in her expanded role as Teen Vogue’s new editor in chief.”

Suter and Picardi also have new roles, WWD reports, with both extending their reach to Allure magazine; Suter will work on the creative brand of the glossy while Picardi will oversee its digital report.

Welteroth replaces previous editor in chief, Amy Astley, who WWD says shifted to the same position at Architectural Digest.

Teen draws diversity-minded Google Doodle

It’s not every day that someone sees their drawing featured on Google, but for 15-year-old Sarah Harrison, that day came on March 31.

According to Teen Vogue, the Connecticut student entered a Google Doodle competition that asked students to submit their vision for the future; called A Peaceful Future, Harrison’s entry “depicts people of different identities smiling with their arms around one another,” which graced the Google search page last Friday. But that’s not all she received.

Teen Vogue reports that Harrison’s winning doodle also earned her a college scholarship worth $30,000, as well as the opportunity to work alongside the Google Doodle team in California — not to mention a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant is awarded her Connecticut school as a result of her talents.

But for Harrison, the opportunity was all about promoting a future with less hate and more love.

“My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality,” Harrison shared in a statement on Google’s website, according to Teen Vogue. “I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are.”

Congratulations, Sarah!

Biden debuts clothing line with Gilt

The daughter of one of the most famous couples in the United States — former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden — Ashley Biden is following in her parents footsteps and using her own talents to help others.

According to Teen Vogue, Biden launched a clothing line called “Livelihood” with online retailer, Gilt, that aims to merge everyday fashion with philanthropy. The line lives up to the ‘hood’ part of its name, consisting solely of hooded sweatshirts for men, women and children.

But providing comfortable hoodies isn’t the only purpose of Livelihood — the initiative’s website says that 100 percent of the proceeds will “be deported on a quarterly bases into a community foundation to be accessed by residence in two under-resourced neighborhoods throughout the country.”

The first of those communities to receive such funding will be Anacostia, D.C. and Wilmington, D.E., two areas Teen Vogue says are close to Biden: the former was where she was first posted as a social worker and the latter was where she was born. With the proceeds from her line, Biden told Teen Vogue that she hopes communities can choose the projects they want to pursue:

“‘I want a janitor, a school teacher, the local pastor, whomever is involved in the community to sit at the table and to pick the projects for economic development,’ she tells Teen Vogue. Economic development could mean anything from ‘education, community centers, literacy programs, tutoring, or workforce development,’ she adds.

Teen Vogue  also reports that Livelihood will have an “interactive website,” where visitors can “learn about models of change that work to reduce poverty in all areas of the country.”

Ready to contribute to the ‘livelihood’ of communities around the country? Livelihood’s sweatshirts cost between $79 and $99, and are available on Gilt.

Stars support education for girls around the world

Countless girls may be one step closer to achieving an education thanks to the help of a celebrity-backed campaign.

According to Teen Vogue, 81 celebrities — including Lady Gaga, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Danai Gurira and Rashida Jones — have “signed an open letter that is part of ONE‘s campaign to support education of girls all around the world.”

Called “Poverty is Sexist,” the organization’s campaign seeks to help the nearly 130 million girls who lack funds necessary to attain a proper education secure just that, says Teen Vogue; the open letter signed by some of Hollywood’s best and brightest will be sent to leaders around the world in the hopes that action will be taken to give all girls access to education.

“All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys,” the open letter says, according to Teen Vogue. “Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country.”

To help girls get the education they deserve, add your name to the letter here.

 

Blanchard and Shahidi take over ‘Teen Vogue’

Teen Vogue’s forthcoming issue is all about celebrating the females of the future.

According to Fashionista.com, the glossy’s December issue features young actresses Rowan Blanchard and Yara Shahidi as the issue’s cover girls as well as its guest editors. Its slogan: “Smart Girls Speak Up!”, an appropriate catchphrase for the pair of outspoken activists.

Both Blanchard (15) and Shahidi (16) have a history of offering their insight on a variety of social and cultural issues: Blanchard is known to shut down sexism thrown her way by reporters and online trolls alike, while Shahidi discussed the danger of stereotypes at the Points of Life Conference on Volunteering and Service this past June.

But in this issue, Fashionista.com says the duo works in tandem to empower women and girls of all ages, as they “support each other throughout the interview; they challenge each other to work harder, to voice what they believe in even louder.”

Excerpting a quote from Blanchard, Fashionista.com says the actress offered an “uplifting” account of feminism, its intersectionality and the role of privilege:

“Like [activist] DeRay McKesson says, “You’re not born woke”; it’s such a learning process. I started thinking about the feminism I was initially being sold, which was basically that boys and girls should be equal. But there are intersections, and a lot of reason why it is easier for me to achieve that equality than it is for some of my friends. You have to always question your politics: am I being as inclusive as I possibly can? Is this thing that I said, could it be xenophobic? My worst fear is someone writing, ‘Rowan Blanchard, queen of feminism!’ I’m like, ‘No.’ I am figuring this out just as much as you are. I am constantly trying to check my privilege.”

To catch this and more from Blanchard and Shahidi, be sure to pick up Teen Vogue‘s December issue, due out on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

 

New editor-in-chief for Teen Vogue

It’s one thing when you make history, but when you make history twice in one day, that’s quite an accomplishment.

Enter Elaine Welteroth, who has just been named the new editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s Teen Vogue on Thursday, May 19, according to NBC News. Not only is she the first African American woman to assume the position for the magazine, NBC reports that Welteroth is the youngest editor-in-chief in Conde Nast history.

Before her recent promotion, Welteroth served as Teen Vogue‘s beauty and health director since 2012 — a position she also was the first African American to hold. Now Condé Nast’s second Black editor-in-chief in history, NBC says Welteroth began her ascent in the industry when she worked as beauty and style editor for Ebony from 2008 to 2011. From there, she bounced to Glamour where, between 2011 and 2012, she traded her title of beauty writer in to become the magazine’s senior beauty editor, according to NBC.

Making Teen Vogue more representative of multicultural content is yet another item on Welteroth’s resumé, with NBC reporting that the 29-year-old was largely behind the magazine’s “‘step in the right direction‘ with recent covers of women of color like Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg and Zoe Kravitz.”

Welteroth will taking the helm of Teen Vogue along with two other editors — Phillip Picardi, the digital editorial director, and Marie Suter, the magazine’s creative director, says NBC.

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, spoke on the magazine’s new leadership and said she is confident that the trio will take the publication to the next level.

“Elaine, Marie and Phil are fearlessly at the forefront, inspiring young trendsetters with their sophisticated take on emerging fashion, beauty and pop culture, and they will lead Teen Vogue to the next phase of its success,” Wintour said. “This team has thoroughly embraced the endless potential of social media and new platforms, and their understanding of the most effective way to use them to connect with audiences, embodies what it means to be an editor today.”