The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 54: Lindsay Peoples Wagner

Oleg Dyachenko
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Since becoming editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue in 2018-and the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of a Condé Nast publication-Lindsay Peoples Wagner has used her platform and position to draw attention to issues of inclusivity in the fashion world. As she told the New York Times at the close of her first year at the helm, one of her primary imperatives was to "[put] people in the publication that I felt like other publications were too scared to." Through Teen Vogue's Generation Next initiative, the editor and advocate continued that mission, inviting six diverse designers, including Hanifa and Tia Adeola, to showcase their lines at New York Fashion Week in September 2019. Peoples Wagner's commitment to a more inclusive fashion world can be traced back to her ambitious and highly celebrated 2018 article, "Everywhere and Nowhere: What It's Really Like to Be Black and Work in Fashion," in which the then-fashion market editor of The Cut interviewed 100 insiders on their experiences of marginalization in the industry. This year, as the industry made statements of support in favor of Black Lives Matter, Peoples Wagner vowed to hold it accountable, partnering with consultant Sandrine Charles to launch the Black in Fashion Council.