INCLUSION x DIVERSITY
“As women of color, we know fashion items colored as “nude” don’t actually match our skin.”
“In runways to magazine covers, fashion still lags in representing a range of races and ethnicities. There are various reasons why, but one recurring argument is that there aren’t enough people of color being hired behind the scenes, where decisions are made.”
Point of reference: Louboutin’s Solasofia pointed ballet flats
Author, Krissy Turner (April 2016) – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/news/why-christian-louboutins-nude-shoe-line-is-revolutionary-for-bla/
News of a nude shoe line shouldn’t be controversial, but as the shoes are available in a spectrum of creams, coffees and caramel shades, for women of colour this Solasofia shoe launch is revolutionary.
From shoes to underwear and lipsticks, ‘nude’ has always essentially meant beige or cream, and eliminated my skin tone and millions of others completely. Even a Google search of the word defines it as a ‘pinkish-beige colour.’
‘Nude is not a colour, it’s a concept,’ designer Christian Louboutin said when describing his nude collection. And he’s right. If ‘nude’ is supposed to look natural and fit your complexion perfectly, with underwear merging to look flawless under sheer tops, and shoes which should ‘disappear like magic and become a fluid extension of the legs’ as Louboutin says his new Solasofia pumps do, then why are so many skin tones traditionally left out?
Other brands have also realized that the term ‘nude’ is misleading. A quick search online shows that many other brands including Wonderbra, Undiz and Next, are now calling their previous ‘nude’ shades names like ‘skin’ and ‘neutral,’ but whilst Next now offers ‘chocolate’ and ‘mocha’ which are darker shades of shapewear, most of the other brands remain woefully white.
Louboutin explained his decision to expand the nude range in a blog post last year. “I’ve always done a Nude shoe but only using the color beige,” he said. It wasn’t until a team member bluntly stated “beige is not the colour of my skin” that he recognized “nude” should be a concept rather than a single shade.
One person took to social media by writing “Louboutin – you guys are the best and the only luxury brand that does this. They may ‘only’ be shoes but you’re making a difference by designing and retailing inclusiveness and diversity.“
Lorna Mabuku’s thoughts
Yet again, the hatred of black women is evident; black women are always excluded, and it never seems to matter. *sigh* misogyNOIR