One of the criticisms we faced during putting out Issues of STYLO magazine, was feedback regarding there not being enough diversity. Which actually took Celina and I back when we heard that, considering how we scoured the world and had writers from so many different countries. Skin color hadn’t even crossed our minds when we were putting together the magazine…we had prided ourselves in a magazine filled with so many different countries that skin color wasn’t a blip on our radar. But it was for some of our readers.
After that issue, I really started looking. I have never considered myself racist, growing up so close to New York City exposed me to many different cultures at a young age. I feel blessed to have had that in my life. But as I looked at my close circle of sewing blogger friends, there wasn’t much diversity there. There had to be more incredibly talented African American seamstresses blogging out there. It was time I looked broader, to find a bigger, more colorful world.
In honor of today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day – here are just some of the incredible woman I have found.
Sewing Bloggers You Oughta Know: Women of Color.
*Please note – since writing this post it has been brought to my attention that the ladies featured are much more diverse than even I knew. I am always amazed by the beauty to be found everywhere, and no one title can encompass anyone or everyone. We are all so much more.
Lastly, have you seen the movie The Butler?
My husband and I recently sat down to watch it. I really have no words for how this movie made me feel, I guess you could say I was moved beyond words. It was absolutely incredible, and I highly recommend it for your next adult movie night.
But in case you are into reading books like me, I just happened to stumble across this while google searching ‘african american seamstress’. It was immediately put on my ‘books to read’ list. Sounds pretty amazing.
Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House: Memoirs of an African-American Seamstress
The story of Elizabeth Keckley.
“Born a slave in Virginia, Elizabeth Keckley (c. 1824–1907) went on to become a talented dressmaker and designer, with some twenty employees of her own. Catering to the wives, daughters, and sisters of Washington’s political elite, she included among her clientele Mary Todd Lincoln, who became her close friend and confidante.”
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…