A number of black creatives have joined together to form a new non-profit organisation in the US, which will help to support stylists, hairstylists and make-up artists in the fashion and beauty industries. The Black Fashion & Beauty Collective will provide support and resources to its members to help advance their careers.
The new organisation has been set up by stylist (and judge on America's Next Top Model) Law Roach, designer Jason Rembert and hairstylist Lacy Redway, while Jason Bolden (celebrity stylist who features on Netflix show Styling Hollywood) will sit on the board of the collective.
The aim is to bring together as many behind-the-scenes creatives as possible to help provide them with support, but also to identify discriminatory behaviour in the fashion and beauty industries and to help create positive change.
"Our white counterparts have very different experiences from us, from how they get paid to how they have been treated, agents... their proximity to PR, management agencies — it’s a very different experience," Bolden told Business of Fashion.
The Black Fashion & Beauty Collective is just one of a number of groups which has formed in the fashion industry as a response to the growing momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd in May.
"It’s us being able to own our blackness and also let people know we’ve had enough and this is what it is going to look like going forward," Bolten added.
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