What happened to diversity in fashion since “The Battle of Versailles” ?
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Steffi Njoh Monny

The Battle of Versailles, coined by former WWD publisher John Fairchild, served as the beginning of American fashion as we know it today and became the catalyst for diverse runways that lasted nearly a decade. “[Designers] wanted entertainment and black models were associated with being able to really express themselves on the runway.” However, by the 1980s, “once entertainment was devalued, black models became less in demand.”

For more infos & details :

Diversity Report : How the Fall 2015 Runways Really Stack Up on The Fashion Spot

The Beauty-Industry Problem No One Talks About on Refinery29

Model Nykhor Paul Slams Fashion Industry for Being Racist : “I’m the black dot” on Cosmopolitan

Robin Givhan On How The Battle Of Versailles Irrevocably Changed Fashion on The Cut

Balance Diversity by the Diversity Coalition, initiated by former model Bethann Hardison

How The Fashion Industry Is Failing Black Models featuring Nykhor Paul, Bobbi Brown, Tyra Banks & Bethann Hardison | The Huffington Post

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Steffi Njoh Monny
Steffi, comme Steffi Graf. Même prénom, même date de naissance à vingt ans près, le parallèle s’arrête (à peu près) ici ! Bouillon de culture urbaine, maelström féministe, musique & mode en intraveineuse. A ses heures (résolument) perdues, elle rédige, alimente et édite le blog Africanism, sur la culture noire dans son ensemble. Une preuve supplémentaire, s'il en fallait une, de son adéquation avec le projet B(s)ttF.
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