Tina Knowles-Lawson demands change in the fashion industry.
Tuesday on Instagram, the mother of Beyoncé and Solange posted a photo of British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and praised him for featuring a number of Black activists — including Dr. Bernice A. King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — on the cover of the magazine’s September 2020 issue.
“Kudos to this wonderful Man Mr. Edward Enningful!! Editor of British Vogue for boldly putting our beautiful Activists on the cover!!!” Knowles-Lawson wrote.
In her note, the 66-year-old also called on American Vogue to increase its diversity behind the scenes.
“When will American Vogue step up and hire more Black Photographers for cover shoots? We’re waiting,” she said.
Following the death of George Floyd and the protests that have erupted from it, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour sent an internal memo to staffers on June 4 where she admitted to making “hurtful and intolerant” creative decisions in the past.
“I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team — I can only imagine what these days have been like,” Wintour wrote. “But I also know that the hurt, and violence, and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is overdue.
“I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers, and other creators,” she continued. “We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes.”
Towards the end of her message, Wintour promised to “do better” and said she is open to hearing “thoughts or reactions” from employees.
However, former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley, who discussed his 30-year friendship and falling out with Wintour in his memoir “The Chiffon Trenches,” was critical of her apology.
“The statement came out of a world of white privilege,” he told Sandra Bernhard on an episode of SiriusXM’s Radio Andy. “I want to say one thing: Dame Anna Wintour is a colonial broad. She’s a colonial dame… She’s part of an environment of colonialism. She is entitled and I do not think she will ever let anything get in the way of her white privilege.”
Two years ago, Tyler Mitchell — who famously photographed Beyoncé for the publication’s September 2018 issue — became the first Black photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue in its 125-year history.