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“I Have a Dream…

January 20, 2014

…That one day children of all ethnicities will grow up and work side by side in the fashion industry. Little white girls will design and sew dresses for little black girls and little black girls will walk the runway hand in hand with their white counterparts…”

For the record, the above quote is where Martin Luther King Jr. was going with his original “I have a dream” speech. I’m pretty sure he was envisioning a future CFDA meeting complete with Ron Anderson and David Rees of Ten Thousand Things sitting next to each other gathering ideas for the next new thing in fashion.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I want to give a shout out (in no particular order) to three of the coolest ladies in the fashion industry. And, yes, in case you are wondering- I have chosen all ladies. There are plenty of kickin’ chicken men out there too, but I couldn’t have a blog post turned epic novel.

 

Tracy Reese

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Ms. Reese has been kicking serious booty since debuting her line 1996 and it’s obvious why. She knows that women want easy pieces to wear that are both unique and sexy without looking outlandish or unlady like. She’s also a member of the board of directors of the CFDA. (Can we say: powerhouse?)

Iman (Mohamed Abdulmajid)

This supermodel, philanthropist, actress, and business woman is so famous she totally gets by with having a one word name (think: cher). If you’ve never heard of Iman, or what she’s done as far as crushing the stereotypes of the ditzy supermodel, go read her wikipedia page…now: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iman_(model). If she’s not a role model, I don’t know who is!

Michelle Obama

Okay, she’s not really in the fashion industry per se, but she has made quite the influence on it. Politics aside, Mrs. Obama is not only smart, but she’s the best dressing first lady we’ve had in years. Where do I even start with the impact she has made? I’ll hit on my three favorite points about her: 1) Your appearance matters and you don’t have to buy designer clothes to make a statement. 2) The perfect size is a healthy weight. Being underweight is no more healthy than being fifteen pounds overweight. Everyone has a natural size they hit when they live an active, healthy lifestyle. 3) She has made people who don’t care about fashion actually think about fashion. And that’s not an easy thing to do.

There are so many more influential people I could gush about, but I’ll leave it with those three. Hopefully, no matter what the color combination of your skin is, you will be inspired to live your life to the fullest like these ladies!

Happy MLK day!

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