Sunday, August 22, 2010

Essence hires a new face...

Essence is celebrating their 40th anniversary with their September issue, continuing their mission to empower Black women.

Amidst their celebration, they are also making a very bold statement, a statement of inclusivity and acceptance. With arms wide open, the magazine welcomed a new face as the fashion director... and this face happens to be that of a white woman, Ellianna Placas.

This recent move has stirred up mixed reviews from Essence supporters. If the magazine's mission is to empower Black women, why isn't this crucial position filled by a Black woman who can best iterate fashion and beauty from a Black woman's perspective? On the other hand, what is wrong with a little diversity? If the woman is the best person for the job, why discriminate because of the color of her identity? Didn't Blacks fight (and still fight) to get the same respect?

Angela Burt-Murray, Editor of Essence, assures the public that the mission of the magazine has not changed and that is the important thing. Will this actually hold true in the hands of a non-Black director?

What do you think? Comment here.

(Read Robin Givhan's article from Sunday's Washington Post.)
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