As a Black Fashion Editor, My Loyalty to Brands Is Dwindling

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: A passerby wears a blue ripped denim jacket, a yellow bag, a large white paper shopping bag, on July 04, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: A passerby wears a blue ripped denim jacket, a yellow bag, a large white paper shopping bag, on July 04, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

People always change when they’re in a relationship. They go from never watching football to being the biggest Cowboys fan ever. Or never being “big on rap” to knowing all the words to Tupac’s songs. When you confront them, they’re often defensive and clap back with “I was always into that!,” as if they have amnesia. Sure, people change for their significant other, but it’s hard to accept that change as authentic when you’ve known who the person was. This is the same feeling I have about the fashion industry when it comes to its inaction in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s reckoning with racism.

As a Black fashion editor, I’ve scrolled

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