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Ellianna Placas’s appointment as the first white fashion director at Essence two years ago caused a firestorm of controversy and protest. But commentary on her firing from the magazine this week has been fairly restrained. And that’s probably because her departure proves the point of those original protests: that, unfortunately, there was no way a white woman could do that job.
Sometimes when a product is glaringly racist, the Internet will get all upset about it and as a result that product will get pulled off the market entirely. That’s sort of what happened with Jeremy Scott’s newest sneaker collaboration with Adidas on Monday evening, except for the fact that Scott’s design wasn’t racist in the slightest.
Rachel Tension, our newest contributor, is an impossibly gorgeous multicultural style obsessive with a PhD in race relations from the School of Hard Knocks. Join us in reading her first piece for Styleite as she analyzes a recent gaffe of luxury retail expatriate Amanda Brooks.