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That was sort of a great, great thing to happen in the last year. What has also really been special for me in the last year is just being on the forefront of building the sort of team that I wish I had when I was starting out in magazines. Being able to hire people of different backgrounds—whether it’s race, finance, and all of that stuff—just being able to create a really wonderfully beautiful, diverse team that is a complement to Samira’s print team has just been so special.
The fashion industry, for all of its downfalls, also allows you to create this little world that you want to be a part of. I think it’s really special that I was on the sort-of frontlines of creating a space where women, a group of diverse women, can come and work every day and feel like this is a place for them and then also to see themselves reflected on the website.
That makes my heart very happy.
It’s just really special. You know, I started working in 2007. I graduated from college, and I was used to being the only Black woman at the brand.
I remember my first job. There were two Black people who worked on the entire floor, which is crazy. Like ad side and magazine side, two Black people. Period.
To be able to remedy that, to be able to change that to make that no longer the case with my team, with Samira’s team, is just really wonderful and special. Honestly, something I never really even knew if I would have the chance to do, but I’m really honored to be in this position.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Next up, check out our previous episode featuring Kristen Stewart’s stylist, Tara Swennen.
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