Women of color in fashion magazines
Study shows a shocking lack of representation for women of color.
A globally trending Twitter conversation is exploring the issue of the need for more inclusion and intersectionality in the movement towards gender equity.
In a recent study that explored how mainstream magazines target women, results found a shocking lack of representation for women of color. The study discovered that 82 percent of mainstream magazine covers since September 2012 featured only white women, with each magazine featuring only one person of color during that time span.
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Mainstream men’s magazines that often feature women on the cover were even less diverse, with barely any women of color at all. Maxim, for example, featured no black models at all during the timespan of the study.
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And it doesn’t stop at magazines. The New York Times recently reported that only 6 percent of models to walk the runway during Fashion Week in 2012 were black.
“The limiting ideal of beauty perpetuated by the media not only exalts particular body types and age groups, but dictates which colors of skin are considered beautiful and which are not. This impacts how all of us, including girls and boys, value ourselves and others,” said Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the MissRepresentation.org team in a statement.
The continued exclusion of nonwhite women from mainstream feminism sparked a Twitter debate worldwide with hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen this week.
“Together, as a unified and diverse movement, our voices are louder and more effective,” wrote Siebel Newsom.
Tell us: What do you think of this ongoing debate?
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If Black women would stop buy magazines that don't feature them on the cover that would change the magazine's stats quickly. Black people MUST STOP spending their money on products that don't support their culture.
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