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  • How can brands help to diversify the fashion narrative?
  • How can brands help to diversify the fashion narrative?
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Kimberly Jenkins on where fashion and power intersect

The fashion industry has a long history of reinforcing a limited, Western, and overwhelmingly White vision of what constitutes attractive and appropriate clothing and styles. Canvas8 spoke to Kimberly Jenkins to find out how brands can help to shape a more inclusive fashion landscape.

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For its February 2021 issue, Vice-President Kamala Harris features on the front cover of American Vogue. Mid-smile, Harris appears in her own clothes – dark jacket, skinny trousers, Converse trainers, and signature pearls – with her hands clasped at her waist. As the first elected official to appear on the magazine’s front cover, the shoot was poised to make history. But in the eyes of critics, it fell flat. “The selected photo is determinedly unfancy. Kind of messy. The lighting is unflattering,” writes Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times. “Ms. Harris may be authentic and approachable, ...

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