Essence Magazine Hires White Fashion Director

Controversy sparks over the decision to hire a white fashion director to celebrate black beauty.

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Essence magazine has done what some call the unthinkable: hired a white woman fashion director. It seems that some people believe that a white woman can't celebrate black beauty and fashion in the way that a black woman can. Gasp and swoon, because we thought it was 2010, not 1910. At least give Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray some credit for being able to make solid hires and give new fashion director Ellianna Placas an opportunity to prove herself. Maybe Burt-Murray's bold move will inspire others to make hires outside of the norm. We thought fashion was the perfect place for experimentation and creativity. We guess not.

Read more at The New York Post.

--Nsenga K. Burton

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