Lately, I’ve been having a moral fashion dilemma. I love nothing more than to see black women grace the covers of Vogue or model the chosen items of my next payday splurge on ASOS - however, I can’t help but question whether we have reached a superficial level of representation within the fashion industry.
Is there such a thing as too much representation? If more representation is what we want then why doesn’t it always feel right? I don’t think there is a black and white answer, but it's something we need to discuss.
Let's start at the root of the problem - blackface. Defined as ‘dark makeup worn to mimic the appearance of a Black person and especially to mock or ridicule Black people’, blackface is of course not a new issue, however, it has frequently managed to adapt and evolve in society.