Tracee Ellis Ross is one hell of an incredible woman and one who never ceases to amaze me! Last year, the fashionista hosted the AMAs and she used this as an opportunity to bring attention to 11 amazing black designers. The Black-ish actress made it a point to wear black designers throughout the entire show – even during the promotion of the event, now that is dedication. She pulled out all the stops and managed to create a series of 11 beautiful looks!
“We have a really specific theme this year—a story that I’m telling about who is making all of the clothes…. That feels really special to me and very exciting, and that was sort of our guiding force and kind of the marching orders I gave Karla in how to go out and hunt for things in that particular theme,” Ellis Ross told People ahead of the show.
So why do more people need to be like Tracee Ellis Ross?
Ms Ross has always voiced her opinion on the lack of diversity within the industry and I feel as though it is not something that is spoken about enough. In 2019 we need to work on trying to fix this problem because it is becoming very frustrating not only for me but I’m sure a lot of black fashion enthusiasts too. Do you know how many incredibly talented Black Designers there are globally that just don’t have the resources to compete with the likes of Givenchy and Balmain? HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS and It literally breaks my heart to see that the industry doesn’t take black creatives as seriously as they take white ones. ITS 2019! 2019 yet it was only last year that Virgil Abloh managed to become the first black designer to hold such a high profile position in luxury fashion as Louis Vuitton new Creative director. We’re progressing but why are we progressing at such a slow speed?
In all honesty, I think the only way we can overcome this problem is if we become more like Tracee Ellis Ross. We collectively need to work together to bring attention to black brands and designers and expose them to the world. We need to take matters into our own hands. We need to support Black Owned Businesses because so many more of them deserve recognition and that can only happen if we support one another!