Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.
Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May.
“Celine stands against all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Tomorrow’s world will not exist without equality for all,” they stated.
However, Bolden soon took issue with the post and wrote in the comments section: “Wait really, you guys dnt (sic) dress any black celebs unless they have a white stylist @celine. FACTS.”
The Styling Hollywood personality, who regularly works with the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Janet Mock, Sasha Lane, and Yara Shahidi, didn’t expand any further. However, when moderators at fashion Instagram page Diet Prada picked up the story, Bolden also alleged the team at Saint Laurent, helmed by Anthony Vaccarello, and other leading fashion houses were behind the times with embracing diversity.
“@ysl is another one! I’m only supporting brands who support us,” he added. “NOT JUST THIS BRAND BUT TO ALL OF THEM, BE HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU’VE SUPPORTED THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE! WE SEE YOU AND WONT SUPPORT YOU UNTIL YOU SUPPORT US (sic).”
Bolden’s comments soon racked up thousands of likes, with model Adwoa Aboah replying: “Call them all out. This is the way we have been treated by so many brands for far too long.”
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