Edward Enninful on Why ‘There’s Still Very Few Black People’ in the Fashion Industry

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W's new style director, Edward Enninful, on being black in the fashion industry: "The American fashion industry really has had to reassess its approach to fashion, particularly because Obama came into office. You know, for one of the most influential women [First Lady Michelle Obama] in the country to be black. I know that meant a great deal to a lot of black people in the fashion industry. And also now we have Twitter, we have the internet, and I've seen so many young black people who are involved in fashion. They're making their own clothes, they're styling, they're taking photographs, and I guess the future generation to come, they're all racing to become one global fashion industry." Meanwhile, he advocates learning how to dress and photograph different skin shades: "The best photographers know how to light any color skin. If you're good at styling, it's like the first time, you know how to dress any body shape. I think if you're really good at what you do, you can see outside the box." [HuffPo]