Munroe Bergdorf believes fashion is a “great medium” for “difficult” discussions about society.
The 32-year-old star became L’Oreal’s first transgender model in 2017, and after being dropped by the beauty giant for speaking out against racism, was recently invited back to join the company’s UK Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.
Munroe hopes the industry continues to spark debates and inspire conversations about pressing issues in the world today.
“I see fashion and beauty as great mediums to have often difficult discussions about identity and society,” she told WWD.com. “I’ve always been a creative person, so my journey into activism has been more of a natural progression rather than a conscious choice. I don’t really see myself as an artist, I see myself as a voice for the underrepresented and, hopefully, a symbol of resilience…
“Through my activism I want to encourage all young people to stand up for themselves, to be politically engaged and to educate themselves on issues beyond their own lived experiences.”
Munroe also spoke about the current challenges faced by the Black LGBTQ community. She is hoping the Black Lives Matter movement continues to raise awareness and that Black transgender women can one day live free from prejudice.
“Black transgender women are navigating four pandemics right now: COVID-19, racism, transphobia and misogyny,” Munroe said. “I hope that the #blacklivesmatter movement continues to extend to the Black trans community. I want society to recognise our humanity, to offer us opportunity, to keep us safe and encourage us to live authentically. Too many Black trans women are being murdered and often without justice. We need this violent narrative to end.”
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