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How Pietra Is Helping Black Businesses Break Into the Fashion Industry

Like the inseams of a dress that no one ever really sees, the fashion industry has a history of hidden issues, including a lack of inclusive sizing, ableism, or absence of diversity on the runways and in boardrooms. In the wake of mass protests to honor Black Lives Matter, and with COVID-19 impacting Black entrepreneurs at a disproportionate rate, the fashion industry has had to flip their dress inside out and face these issues head-on. 

Leaders and entrepreneurs like Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies, have called for companies to pledge to source at least 15% of products from Black-owned brands. But before we can even support our favorite Black-owned fashion and beauty brands, we must address inequities Black entrepreneurs face when starting and scaling any business. 

Globally, 80% of all venture capital firms don’t have a single Black investor, and just 1% of venture-funded startup

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7 Major Fashion Moments From Beyonce’s New “Black is King”

The build up to Beyonce’s new “Black is King” visual album has been immense. Now that it’s finally here, fans and critics will no doubt dissect every moment of the 1-hour, 25-minute film, which is inspired by last year’s “Lion King: The Gift” (the star also curated that film’s soundtrack album).

There is plenty to analyze when it comes to the overall message — especially at a time when Black identity is at the forefront of the collective mindset. That can also be said of the film’s fashion. The industry is having its own reckoning with racism, both in the past few months and in past years, from Gucci’s and Prada’s blackface missteps in 2019 to the ongoing lack of diversity in the upper echelons of corporate structures.

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“Black is King” does not address or criticize these issues head-on. Instead, it is a bounty

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Tracee Ellis Ross in a Simple Black Suit

Known for her loud, capital-F Fashion looks, this actor has range.

There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks

At the 2018 Golden Globes, actors collectively decided to make a statement by wearing all black on the red carpet in support of the Time’s Up movement. For most, that dress code extended into the after parties, for which Tracee Ellis Ross changed out of her excellent Marc Jacobs gown and turban and into a black suit that looked like it was made for her. (With Karla Welch as her stylist and likely access to the best tailors in the biz, it probably more or less was.)

Ross is known for taking risks on the red

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