Happy Wednesday everyone!
I would like to take this moment to say Happy 1st Birthday Black Vogue! Black Vogue is a movement created by Nareasha Willis. I have followed Nareasha’s journey for some time now and she never ceases to amaze me. Aaron and I did a photoshoot and I wrote a blog post highlighting Black Vogue earlier this year for Valentines day (see A Black Vogue Valentine). Just to recap here’s an excerpt from the website explaining the meaning behind the #BlackVogueMovement …
“I created the Black Vogue campaign to promote diversity on and off the runway. To reinsure every Brown girl/boy that our culture is appropriate, and influential in the fashion industry. As black millenniums, we have the power to create trends and new platforms. We are living in a time where a shift is commencing in the Black community; From embracing dark skin women to supporting Black owned businesses. Become a N-sider and continue to push the culture forward. Lets start with awareness !” – Nareasha Willis
Black Vogue has been blowing up over this past year. Nareasha has been featured in Vogue magazine twice since I wrote my blog back in February!
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Literally tears 😢 I just told my friend that I didn’t believe “Black Vogue” would ever be featured in @voguemagazine because it’s too controversial because of its name itself, and the message behind the brand. And, Boom 💥 Black Vogue featured on a platform where I felt as though they didn’t give our culture enough credit. What’s for you will always be for you ! Thank you @frntr0w for killing this #beststreetstyle look during PARIS FASHION WEEK 🔥🔥🔥🔥captured by @mrstreetpeeper #blackvogue #vogue #vogueparis #linkinbio #breakingbarriers
Naresha’s designs were also written about in Refinery 29 and featured in the Refinery 29 exhibit, 29 rooms.
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This moment is For Us by US ✊🏾 It’s such a honor to be featured in @refinery29 exhibit @29rooms Room 16 “ A Long Line of Queendom, Unbothered 🙏🏾✨ @r29unbothered this is just a defining moment 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 In celebration, I thought it would be bomb to create my favorite color limited edition marigold “GUPF” shirts to match the room. They are now available ! FREE shipping at checkout use code “ghetto” #nocap #room16 #Queendom #ripqueennia #blackvogue #ghettountilprovenfashionable #linkinbio ||||| Make sure you guys go check it out and tag me @avenue_n or @blackvogue.co ✨ Best shot gets a free shirt ❤️
Needless to say the brand, movement, and designer has been on fire this year. The progress and recognition she has gained in her first year is unbelievable. Seeing Black Vogue reach new levels only fueled my own drive and inspiration to create.
Well you can imagine my shock and disappointment when I found out Black Vogue is being sued by Vogue Magazine! Yes you read that right. Vogue, the top-selling fashion magazine in the world, is not only legally coming after an up and coming black designer but a designer who has been featured in their magazine TWICE!
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They can try to take the shirts, but they will not stop the movement. I’m going to continue to walk in my purpose. If going “mainstream” is the sacrifice, then so be it. I am extremely ready to start this journey with you all. I promise to be extremely transparent. I feel obligated to inform you all that I, Nareasha Willis, Fashion Activist from the Ghetto have succeeded at my goal to shake the industry and open this conversation. This year I was featured in Vogue Magazine twice, and now Im preparing to fight a lawsuit that Vogue Magazine filed against me. I will continue to fight and make room for my people, the black culture and black fashion. I hope you all will continue to support me on this journey as I am sure it will be a roller coaster ride. I am not the only designer/creative that a major magazine has gone after, nor will I be the last. I do plan for them to hear me out, hear us out and understand that the word “vogue” is for everyone, especially for the Black Culture. Check out my IG TV to listen to my journey leading up to this life changing event. As you know this process will not be cheap. As I am running my company @shopavnu this will take a toll on my business and my personal life. I have started a go fund me account, the money will be strictly used for legal fees throughout this process. Should you all be interested in supporting this cause by donating what you can, and most importantly spread the awareness. Link in my bio. Thank you ❤️ 🎥 @kenftw #thefightforblackvogue
This is proof that the movement is not only important but needed. The word black is offensive to weak individuals. We say Black Lives Matter they tell us All Lives Matter, We say Black Girl Magic they say All Women are magic. 😒 In the words of Ms. Tina Lawson, “being pro black does not mean anti white”. Are we not allowed to start positive movements to help uplift our people? Being black holds so much power that once we start speaking up and making moves it scares the opposition. It would have been a dope statement if Vogue would have teamed up with Nareasha or maybe even offered her a spot on their team to add more diversity but no they would rather come for someone who they were obviously impressed enough to feature in the magazine two times. But hey what else can we expect from a publication who waited 126 years to hire a black cover photographer.
For a grandfather publication like Vogue magazine to even be threaten by a baby brand who has barely been around for a year speaks volumes to Nareasha’s influence and work ethic.
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds”
I can truly say watching Nareasha have the courage to go up against such a huge publication is incredible. She is already making history. Her determination is out of this world and I am excited for everything this next year of Black Vogue will bring! This hasn’t stopped her grind this will only add to her story and make her that much more great.
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Inhale … Exhale. This has been an amazing year. My journey leading up to the Black Vogue movement finally make sense. My purpose found me. God granted me the perseverance to keep going that made an impact on my culture. When I started this movement I didn’t have any expectations where it would lead me. My intentions were pure. I was solely doing it for myself because I felt excluded. The response from you all changed my perspective into being selfless to create a safe space for my people to be theirselves unapologetically. I’m aligned with my purpose because the gift that God gave me is used primarily in service to the greater good. Less than a year, I was featured in over 4 major publications. My item(s) went viral several times that were featured in Paris. I have sold out, restocked, and sold out again. I started this movement in the studio apartment I used to live in. My grandma went half with me on my machines and I sacrificed my rent money at that time. With one hot press machine and one t shirt I kept burning lol I finally got it. I have to personally thank all of my supporters. It’s amazing to get stopped in the streets and people call me Black Vogue. I adore you guys so much 😢 and no matter what after today marks a new dawn, a new day, a new life for me, and I’m feeling damn good ! Thank you for supporting the movement for 1 year, 12 months, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes and 31,536,000 secs. because I’m grateful for every moment down to the seconds. Happy 1 year anniversary to the Black Vogue movement. Sincerely, a girl from the ghetto ✨😉 #thefightforblackvogue ( I do not own the rights to this music ) 🎥 @tonehammond 📸 @iamsoneia Hairstylist @mvgnaturals Wardrobe Stylist @dougienewtonproject Make up @khamilialevonne Lashes @thelovelash Hair provided by @houseofshehair Talent & producer @avenue_n
Keep shining girl I am here to support you 100% of the way. 🖤
Please check her website https://www.nareashawillis.com/shop
& Show your support to the movement by donating what you can because legal fees aren’t cheap especially for a young black entrepreneur https://www.gofundme.com/black-vogue-movement/
Thank you for reading & we’ll talk more next week!