The Year of the Dominant, Determined Woman: Fashion and Diversity
Updated: Jan 31
by Isla Lewis
As we enter the Year of the Dominant, Determined Woman, it is a time to celebrate the progress made in gender equality and the hard work and dedication of women in leadership roles. This progress is particularly evident in the fashion industry, where women are taking on more influential and dominant roles and pushing for greater diversity and inclusivity.
One of the most striking examples of this trend is the rise of women-led fashion brands and designers, breaking through the industry's traditionally male-dominated ranks. From streetwear to high fashion, women are bringing new perspectives and ideas to the table and challenging traditional gender roles.
Brands like Melody Ehsani and Marie Mae have made a name for themselves in urban fashion, creating stylish and edgy clothing lines that appeal to both men and women. In high fashion, brands like Proenza Schouler, founded by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, have garnered a devoted following, and fashion houses like Chanel, Dior, and Gucci have all appointed women as creative directors in recent years.
In addition to the rise of women in fashion leadership, there has been a push for greater diversity and inclusivity in the industry. Casting agents and modeling agencies increasingly represent a more diverse range of body types and ethnicities, and there has been a push for more diversity on the runway. This shift towards more excellent representation and inclusivity is important not only for the fashion industry but also for society as a whole. We must see ourselves reflected in the media and the brands we consume and that all people are treated with dignity and respect.
The rise of dominant, determined women in the fashion industry is an encouraging sign of progress and a testament to individual women's hard work and dedication. But it is also essential to recognize that there is still a long way to go in achieving gender equality and promoting diversity and inclusivity. It is crucial that we continue to support and promote women’s workin leadership roles and to advocate for policies that promote gender equality in the workplace.
One way to do this is by supporting women-led businesses and organizations actively seeking and supporting diverse and inclusive brands. It can also include simply acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of women breaking through glass ceilings and making a difference in their fields.
Another way to support the rise of dominant, determined women is by challenging and changing cultural expectations and assumptions about gender roles. This includes questioning traditional ideas about what it means to be a "woman" or a "man" and supporting those who defy conventional gender norms. It also includes working to create a society where all people, regardless of gender, are treated with dignity and respect.
In conclusion, the Year of the Dominant, Determined Woman is a time to celebrate the progress made ingender equality and diversity and to recognize and support the hard work and dedication of women in leadership roles. It is also a time to acknowledge, and there is still much work to be done and to commit to creating a more equitable and inclusive society for all. Let's embrace this year and uplift the determined and hardworking women leading the way in the fashion industry and beyond.