In an op-ed in the Washington Post published on Tuesday, Johnson, who was included on the cover of Vogue in 1974, stated that her debut “was implied to usher in a current of modification in the fashion business.”
” However as the nationwide conversation around bigotry expands, stories about discrimination in the fashion business and at Style, in particular, have come under the spotlight,” Johnson wrote.
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According to Johnson, discrimination on the basis of race suggested that she was paid less than her white peers, that the “industry was sluggish to include other black people in other aspects of the style and beauty industry,” which she was “reprimanded” for asking for black hair stylists, professional photographers and makeup artists.
” Silence on race was then – and still is – the cost of admission to the style industry’s top echelons,” the 67- year-old said.
In the op-ed, the model also referenced Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who just recently acknowledged that the publication has failed to “elevate and give space to black editors, writers, professional photographers, designers and other developers.”
” It can’t be easy to be a black worker at Vogue, and there are too few of you,” Wintour composed in an email to personnel. “I understand that it is insufficient to state we will do better, but we will – and please know that I value your voices and actions as we move on.
” I am listening and wish to hear your feedback and your advice if you want to share either.”
According to Johnson, a number of Style‘s previous efforts to be more inclusive have all been small, one-off instances that have actually not resulted in any real modification in the market, nor at the magazine.
” In 2018, Beyoncé advocated for Tyler Mitchell, a black professional photographer, to shoot her September Style cover – making him the very first black professional photographer to shoot a Style cover in its 125- year history,” Johnson composed. “However Mitchell’s cover was a one-off, not a trigger. Considering that then, there have actually been no black professional photographers who have actually shot a Vogue cover.”
However, according to Johnson, as “arguably the most powerful individual worldwide of fashion,” Wintour has the power to change the market.
To start to deal with the problem of bigotry in the industry, Johnson said Wintour needs to hold her peers “responsible for making structural modifications.”
The supermodel likewise proposed the magazine’s publisher Condé Nast adopt a brand-new policy, the “Beverly Johnson Rule,” which would need a minimum of two black prospects to be interviewed for “prominent” positions.
” This guideline would be specifically pertinent to boards of directors, C-suite executives, leading editorial positions and other prominent functions,” Johnson stated, adding that she also welcomes other “chief executives of business in the fashion, beauty and media industries to adopt this rule.”
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Acknowledging that it has been 46 years because her first Style cover, Johnson stated she intends to “continue fighting the bigotry and exemption that have actually been an awful part of the appeal service for far too long.”
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