International Women’s Day: 5 Influential Women in the Fashion Industry
March 8 marks International Women’s Day, celebrating the achievements of women around the world. It’s a great reminder to reflect on how women are breaking social barriers to pave the way for future generations to continue fighting for gender equality. In the fashion industry especially, so many powerful women are using their voices to make a lasting impact on the forward path of fashion.
Down below are five influential women in the fashion industry who you need to know.
As the youngest Teen Vogue Editor in Chief, Lindsey Peoples Wagner spent the last two years creating a more inclusive, diverse space within the young adult fashion publication. She is now the Editor in Chief of The Cut and co-founder of the Black Fashion Council, an industry initiative dedicated to securing black representation in the fashion and beauty industry.
Karla Welch is undeniably one of the most influential stylists in Hollywood and the fashion industry overall. In 2017, she is Named The Hollywood Reporter’s Top stylist in the “Power Stylist” list. She continues to dress some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry while collaborating on projects with brands such as Levis and Chanel. Welsh is one of the most politically outspoken individuals in her role. She recently launched a period underwear company called The Period Company.
Arguably one of the most influential women in the world, Rihanna needs no introduction. Over the past few years, the singer, actress, and now businesswoman has launched the inclusive brands Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty Lingerie. She was the first woman of color to create her own LVMH couture house. Rihanna continues to break and rewrite the rules of beauty and fashion. She focuses on bringing her diverse range of customers products they can all use and love.
As the first woman to lead the womenswear department of Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri infused the spirit of feminism into the iconic fashion house with multiple of her recent runway shows centered around feminist themes. Her tenure as Dior’s creative director has revitalized the Saddle Bag as an iconic fashion staple today, raised the brand’s sales, and earned her France’s highest civilian award, The Legion of Honor, in 2019.
Brittany Xavier is one of the most prominent fashion bloggers turned influencers. She started her personal blog “Thrift and Threads” in 2013, eventually expanding into lifestyle and fashion blogging. She collaborated with YSL, Marc Jacobs, Cartier, to name a few, and even launched a fashion brand with Inspr. Therefore, Xavier dominates social media platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok. There, she and her 13-year-old daughter often appear together in videos.
International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to focus on the huge impact women are making on the fashion industry. They are creating a more inclusive, modern community where people’s differences are celebrated rather than overlooked. All the influential women on the list above use their careers in fashion to uplift women’s voices and redefine what a “women’s position” looks like.
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Thank you for reading and keep styling,