Not Enough Black Models?: Taking Kanye West to Task after Fashion Line Debut - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Hip-hop star Kanye West recently debuted his Spring 2012 women’s ready-to-wear collection for DW by Kanye West in Paris to critique and praise alike. Some thought the line “lacked focus” while others praised him for having a front-row filled with top power brokers in the fashion industry.

Several critics raised an eyebrow about the scarcity of black models in a show helmed by a man who’s infamously known for his very public views on racial discrimination (Remember the “Bush doesn’t care about black people” post-Katrina outburst) and other references to inequality throughout his music lyrics.

Check out what the folks at Madame Noire had to say about the issue, taking to task the “Watch the Throne” lyricist on message versus reality and the use of celebrity power to support black representation in the fashion industry.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.