The fashion industry has recently made a huge effort to increase diversity in fashion, but that was until rapper Nicki Minaj reminded everyone in the industry there is still a lot to do !
It all went down when the “No Frauds” rapper performed at Philipp Plein’s Spring/Summer ’18 runway show and spoke candidly of her opinion on fashion designers’ cultural exploitative tendencies, while making it a point to thank Plein for championing diversity throughout his brand.
“Thank you, Philipp Plein, for including our culture,” she expressed on stage. “Designers get really big and really rich off of our culture, and then you don’t see a motherfucker that look anything like us in the front row half the time. So let’s make some noise for Philipp Plein tonight.”
While not naming any names, Nicki did address Giuseppe Zanotti’s usage of her name on his shoes, but failed to receive compensation for the gesture. “Just go on google, you’ll see all the different pairs he’s named after me,” she wrote back in February on Twitter. “Lil black girl can inspire u but ain’t worth a collection my nig?”
It that doesn’t serve notice to the fashion world that hip-hop is here to stay and refuses to be ignored, we don’t know what will !
For the record, Kanye West also has had to battle in the same way to earn consideration in for his Yeezy Season styles and shows, which he’s gone to great lengths to cast with models of color.