Essence is in Style (or InStyle?)

I don’t get it. People are making a big deal about Essence magazine’s editor-in-chief, Angela Burt-Murray hiring Elliana Piacas, a white woman (who’d already been working at the publication), as its fashion editor. We live in a post-racial society, right? Wasn’t this inevitable? In three months’ time, mark my words: There’ll be no need for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report.

… no, but really, I don’t get it. I do not get the big deal. Time Warner owns Essence. You know, mega media conglomerate Time Warner that also owns Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated and InStyle, among many others. What’s surprising about this whole thing? Who expected a magazine owned by a parent company that doesn’t even bother to change the look of one magazine’s website, InStyle, for example, much from another, Essence’s? They’re the same magazine, the same website, for the most part, some skin is just more tinged with melanin. We’re shocked? I don’t get why.

If the white woman can dress and style and direct photo shoots, wrangle interns and freelancers and the minions who work for her, go head. Do your thing, ma’am. And while Miss Thang is doing her thing, maybe those of us who have our non-La Perla panties in a wad should find something more significant to be impassioned about. Under-educated children, perhaps?

I will say this, though: If every model in a shoot, no matter what she’s wearing, is accessorized with a string of pearls in the next couple months, I know something.

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~ by MsInklination on July 29, 2010.

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