The lack of racial and body diversity within the mainstream fashion influencer space is clear, and it’s been an issue for years. It’s also not a secret that the way we dress and the brands we love are influenced by the longevity of Black culture.
When you scroll through your feed and see FOMO-filled influencer press trips to dreamy spots like Brazil and Australia, have you ever stopped to think why Black fashion creatives are missing from those group beach photos? In 2019, D.C. based fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise, took to Twitter to shed light on the absence of diversity on press trips and explained she had only been invited on just two trips that year.
Black influencers are rarely ever invited on influencer trips.
I’ve started screenshotting every press trip I’ve seen over the last month and the lack of diversity is so upsetting (but not surprising). pic.twitter.com/Zftn8ZBIhD
— Alicia (@AliciaTenise) June 20, 2019
Aside from spending your dollars on Black-owned fashion and beauty businesses, another way to show your support is to learn about the influencers that go beyond the conventional group you might already be following. Black fashion influencers are not only some of the most creative people on the internet, but are also making changes in the digital landscape.
Chrissy Rutherford, the former Special Projects Director of Talent and Social Media at Harpers Bazaar, is one of the first fashion tastemakers I followed on Instagram. Aside from her dreamy wardrobe filled with Khaite and Victor Glemaud, Rutherford is not afraid to use her platform to speak up. In less than a week, her video titled “It’s not enough to just say ‘I’m not racist”’ racked up over 5 million views.
If you’re looking to diversify your feed (which I highly suggest), I’ve compiled a list of inspiring Black fashion influencers that I’ve either been following for years or are new friends that I discovered over the past week. To get you started, check out these boss babes below.
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Lydia Tsegay of Femmeblk
How would you style your hair together with this outfit? Low bun or all out? Blouse from @nakdfashion #nakdfashion • • • • • • • #femmeblk#wiw#nordicstyle#homedecor#scandinavianhome#scandinavianstyle#lookbook#ootdfashion#fashion#outfitinspo#outfitsideas#blackbloggersunited#blackblogger#outfitoftheday#scandistyle#minimalisticstyle#blackbloggers#outfitgoals#parisianstyle#parisienne#fashionblogger#quarantine#minimalistic#scandinavianfashion#styleiswhat#styleinspo#fashioninspo#styleoftheday
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Nikki, Meghan, Shay and Brandy of Influencing In Color
Spring [fashion] Forward Happy International Women’s Day #iwd #iwd2020 . . Shop your screenshot of this pic with the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app http://liketk.it/2LjAI @liketoknow.it #liketkit #rStheCon #LTKstyletip #LTKspring
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Aïda of Basics Touch
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Danielle and Gabby Prescod
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A few looks I’ll be wearing once outside opens back up. This is probably the closest I’ll get to a TikTok too — Outfit Details & links to shop can be found by clicking the link in my bio and heading to the Shop My Instagram Tab or by Downloading the @liketoknow.it app and following me: monroesteele to never miss Outfit Details. — Look 1: C/Meo Top, @jacquemus shorts SOLD OUT, @bcbgmaxazria sandals Look 2: @iamgia cargo’s, Target Tank Top, @lulus sandals Look 3: @thefrankieshop blazer, @songofstyle pants, @trois_thelabel bra, @tamaramellon sandals and @lele_sadoughi earrings — Which look is your favorite? Is anyone else putting together outfits solely for when you can get out and wear them again? Let me know below in the comments! #isolationcreation
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Following some of your requests asking for more time to submit your videos for my film project, I’ve decided to extend the submission deadline for Friday the 5th of June. Please check out my story highlights titled “Film” to see how you can take part. Thanks to everyone who’s already sent in their submissions. Your videos have made me smile especially in these trying times. We must continue to do the work of bringing about the change we seek #KeepUpTheGoodFight
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Jamé Jackson of The Blonde Misfit
Happy birthday to me Thank you God for more life, that’s all I can say. : @thomaskirk_ (tap for everything else) #happybirthday . . . . . #makeupforblackwomen #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlmakeup #darkskingirls #caribbeanmua #makeupforwoc #asseenonme #girlswithglasses #muanation #melaninmakeupdaily #aliceandolivia #brownmelaninmua #melaninpoppin #muaannouncer #wakeupandmakeup #makeupforbeginners #makeupforblackwomen #valentinesmakeup #narsfoundation #melaninmakeup #melaninbeautiesunite #valentinesdaymakeup #makeupformelaningirls #carriebradshaw
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Ellie of Slip Into Style
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SOME SELF-CARE IDEAS because let’s face it — I think we all need some TLC right about now! . – Get that workout in A great way to not be on your phone for 30-60 minutes a day, and better yourself! – Read before bedtime instead of scrolling through social media – Meditate and do self-guided therapy! There are plenty of great apps like @enjoybloom & @headspace to get you in the right mindset. – Schedule a FaceTime date with a friend you haven’t chatted with in a while How are you taking care of yourselves these days? Also, you can shop this gorgeous maxi from @shopreddress via the @liketoknow.it app! http://liketk.it/2LtPT #RDBabe by @foodphotographer
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Be grateful that certain things didn’t work out. Sometimes you don’t even know what you’re being protected from or where you’re being guided to when you’re in the midst of chaos. That’s why you just have to trust that greater things are aligning for you. Let go gracefully. – Idil Ahmed Thank you for all the love on my new videos on YouTube if you haven’t seen any – link in my bio
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LIVING ROOM OUTFIT PART 2: #Florals are truly a thing that makes me happy! What little thing makes you guys happy? • • Also those who inquired about the #bow in my hair, it’s from @hm #hairbow #hmxme #AtHomeWithHM
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Janelle Marie Lloyd of Wait You Need This
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|HAPPY MONDAY | Yes still in the house and in quarantine, BUT it’s a NEW day and a NEW week, so get up and get creative! 2020 is not OVER yet, so why should we be? | #quarentine2020 ——————————————————————————— “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”(Revelation 21:5 ) • • • • • #quarentinelife #happymonday #mondaymood #mondayvibes #indacrib #onmycouch #butmakeitfashion #fashion #fashionista #lotd #ootd #ootdfashion #leopardprint #leoparddress #zara #zarawoman #kiadanielle
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