Give Me More... Fashion Inclusivity!

Give Me More... Fashion Inclusivity!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

It’s no revelation that for ages the common perception of what qualifies as beautiful is a tall, white, skinny woman with long hair. Not so long ago when I was a model, this was the case. Nary did one see a plus sized woman at a show, except seated in the isles. Though beauties as undeniable as Naomi Campbell were as plentiful as the ethnic customers buying the high-priced couture she wore, diversity was painfully lacking.

Let’s not forget that nearly every designer that now spouts their devotion to the popular trend of diversity and inclusion in fashion was, not long ago, guilty of exclusion- racial and body bias.

Happily, in recent years, we’ve seen the fashion industry (if only by popular demand) move toward being more inclusive, if not make an about face. This year NYFW saw more plus models, more tattoos, more smiles with large gaps between the teeth, more birthmarks, more skin colors, more imperfections – more diversity than ever before .

Socially, if not stylistically, fashion is always behind the trend. Slow to adapt...

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Rihanna Gets It Right with Fenty!

Rihanna Gets It Right with Fenty!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

When Rihanna's beauty line, Fenty Beauty, launched last week during #nyfashionweek, the excitement was almost palpable. The superstar launched at the Sephora store in Times Square to show the world what she'd created and drove home the point that makeup needs to be for everyone. Fenty Beauty was created for women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races. "I want everyone to feel included.", Rihanna explains to her fans on her makeup line's website.

At the launch party, Rihanna elaborated: “It was really important for me in every product, I was like, there needs to be something for a dark skinned girl; there needs to be something for a really pale girl; there needs to be [something] for someone in between." One week later, her foundation was selling out at Sephora.

But is the fact that Fenty’s products are designed for women with a wide range of skin tones, in and of itself, remarkable?...

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