BEING black in the fashion industry:Being black in the fashion industry

Fashion has been my love from a very young age to the point I decided to turn my hobby into a career.
I am very grateful for all the opportunities that living in London has brought to me since I got here 7 years ago.
Initially, I started modeling and never thought being black in the fashion industry could be difficult. But I quickly saw it wasn’t for me.I just couldn’t stand people telling me I wasn’t pretty enough, tall enough, slim enough, especially from people who weren’t that “out of this world” looking themselves either (sorry, not sorry).
So I stopped modeling.Then moved on to blogging and now fashion styling which is truly my passion and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

It’s 2018, yet I can barely name one black female singer in the Uk right now.

As I progress in the fashion industry, the more I realize how tricky it is for a black girl no matter how beautiful or talented she is. As a black stylist (yes, unfortunately, my skin color needs to be highlighted here). I do struggle to understand it. I can’t believe how little to no representation there is: on TV, Music videos, movies. And the struggle is everywhere from black bloggers to black designers and since God knows how long for black models. Yet every day I meet so many amazing black singers, actors or TV presenters who are really trying make it, yet no doors are opened.
It’s 2018, yet I can barely name one black female singer in the Uk right now. Is it because there are none or is it because no one wants to see them on TV? Another typical example will be Idriss Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo who all admitted that if it was only up to the British film scene, they would not be where they are. They received world recognition only after they appeared on American screens.

Being black in the fashion industry

On the modeling part, A few months ago, I attended Pure London, If I tell you that out of more than 20 models they had for their catwalk, I did not see one single black model, not even one mixed race. I know it is not a race parade, but for London which is such a multiethnicity city why not have it represented in a major industry and platform as fashion, film, and Tv?
So recently I met up with Samantha Lloyd Who is on this month’s BlackBeauy Magazine cover.
She has the most pretty and unique face I have ever seen, she could sell me whatever makeup she had on and I will happily buy it without question.
But to my big surprise, she isn’t signed to any agency and of course, I wanted to find out why?
That is when she reveals she has sent countless emails and applications to agencies that I can’t name1` but has never received any responses. And for the few that did answer, they told her they were full. It’s not the first time I hear or see this but I am still nonetheless shocked.
Since when are modeling agencies full? Especially the big ones? I will understand if they told her: She isn’t the type of models they represent or that her book wasn’t strong enough or at least give her some progressive criticism but to blatantly tell(lie) they are fully booked…Yeah right!

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It just reminded me of the story of 3 black girls who once went to a nightclub in Mayfair after they’ve done their bookings online, but to later find out they couldn’t get in because apparently, the club was full…Which was a complete lie as the security guy said to them, they could only let the mixed-race friend in but not them(hmm, wonder why!!).

Being black in the fashion industry

To conclude, I know I’m definitely not the biggest voice out there and not even sure up to 20 people will read this article. But writing about it is already a start. Especially since I really love London with its multicultural attributes and never thought that being black in the fashion industry could and is such an issue(since the 70’s) which I don’t even think most people are aware of. Though Personally, so far I have not felt any threat yet, but just the idea that I might not progress fairly in my work because of my skin color is still quite crazy to me!
Let’s just say I will not let that defeat me, my work and purpose.

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This fashion week, I went on the 3rd day.As usual, it was filled with street stylers and OH BOY!!How I love street style.If you wonder what street style actually means: It’s not your mainstream fashion.As the name says, it comes from the streets, it is urban, usually very trendy clothing.Most street style looks are usually inspired from high fashion, couture, hippie, bohemian style, psychedelic imagery, punk fashion, Gothic, preppy, androgynous, etc… View Post

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west-end-night6I might have been born in the 90’s but the 80’s glamour remains a favorite. Especially when it comes to making a statement.Finding something to wear for a night out in West end is usually most women nightmare or where the fun actually start for others.

But in this particular evening,I channeled a 80’s glamour look.Which consisted in a neon silky one shoulder dress,paired with dark brown tights and a rose gold pumps to compliment the silkiness of the dress.Then I added a statement necklace and a vintage pair of earrings as back in the 80’s,more was more and that resonates just fine with me.To finish, a faux fur jacket was a must to exude an overall Afro chic 80’s glamour.

Ladies here is the trick to easily find what to wear for a night out:

  1. A body con dress,preferably just below the knee(you don’t want to be that girl who keeps pulling her dress down all evening…)
  2. A fitted pencil skirt in a color of your choice + cute blouse or  shirt.
  3. Then, for any of the look, add a sequin jacket or a fur coat as outerwear.
  4. Finally for the shoes,a black or a complimentary color of heels and you are sorted…In style!!

Ps:An alternative for this fur coat,will be a classic black or navy trench coat.

Dress:Try this / Shoes:Topshop (try Here) 

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Notting Hill Portobello Road

Hi everyone. I have not been this excited about writing a post in a while. Summer in London hasn’t been the best, so when it was nice and warm last weekend, I couldn’t help but get ready and go on my touristic journey around London.

Being much in need of inspiration, I decided to go to Notting Hill gate market. It’s probably one of the most iconic place in London and it even has a film named after it, so if you are a sucker for romantic movies like me and have not watched ‘Notting Hill’, please go and do so!

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London has many cool markets,pubs and parks. But Notting Hill has to be one of my favorite spot. Situated just few minutes away from Portobello road market, that I absolutely love, you can be sure to find beautiful vintage pieces every time you visit.The stalls are always full of stylish gems and even some unique high end designers items can be found.

Whether you are looking for an authentic vintage Chanel bag or a 70’s Balenciaga sapphire pair of earrings, or even some of the rarest Yves Saint Laurent brooches or rings, well you might just find your  luck in the shops of Portobello road market.

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After deciding where I was going, I had to dress accordingly. I wanted to match the colourful and cool surroundings of Portobello market especially as it was sunny.

I wore this red stripes skirt and matched it with an Aztec prints tank top plus the oversize jacket. And nothing screams cool like adding some converse trainers to an outfit.

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I remember visiting Portobello road for the first time, I was so in awe of the colours, the cute corner coffee shops and the romantic restaurants on Sundays afternoon. I just always have this sense of belonging every time  I visit. A feeling that the place has your name written all over it. Maybe they should rename it “Cecile’s Place”…Aha,I like to dream!! Well that feeling has not changed. I’m still as in love as the first time.

I am always in search of new places and spots to visit, so I would like to know which ones are your favorites and why? Which places scream ‘home’ or ‘belonging’ to you? I would really appreciate if you leave your comments below. I love reading them.x

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