Last week Montrealers experienced for the very first time, The International Black Fashion week. This multicultural event was put together by founder Adama Ndiaye, 10 years ago and has continued to cross borders ever since. In true Collectively Beautiful fashion, we wanted to not only support this female entrepreneur but also support the cause of fighting the underrepresentation of minorities in the fashion industry.
Having this fashion show finally coming to Montreal is particularly exciting considering the fashion Industry seems to be quite resistant to adapt with the times. Here’s some quick facts: In 2008, NY Fashion week’s ratio of models was 87% white, 6% Black, 6% Asian and 1% Latina. More recently in the Fall-Winter NY Fashion week 2013, the ratio of models was 82.7% white, 6% Black, 9,1% Asian, 2% Latina.
Luckily we’re in the business of making women feel good about themselves! Collectively we can challenge the media’s definition of beauty. You can do so by supporting this type of multicultural events, being aware of consumerism, and of course following your dreams! Whether it is to be a model, designer, producer, makeup artist, etc, keep pushing and make your place in the world.
Black Fashion week was a great beginning. Beautiful models of different backgrounds, talented designers, cultural music and a beautiful church setting was quite a show to be seen. Designers: Helmer (originally from Haiti), Rush Couture by Claudette Floyd (Jamaica) and Samuel Dong (China). Also in the lineup are Elie Kuame (Ivory Coast), Emilia Torabi (Iran) and Adama Paris (Senegal).
Sharing the love to all the beauties around the world.