From coalitions to modeling agencies, Bethann Hardison always made an effort to fight more representation in the modeling industry. But it wasn’t about just making the industry more diverse. It was about how we see ourselves.
"We are trying to remind people of how we see race,” said Bethann Hardison. “It's very important that people see what we see on the streets when we walk around and how the world has changed." Hardison has spent decades helping shift how society sees race, starting with more inclusiveness in a global industry.
After coming out of retirement, Hardisonn launched the Diversity Coalition, dedicated to bringing awareness around inclusivity concerns in modeling. She furiously wrote multiple letters to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), calling out designers for not using Black models on runways. Today, Hardison continues her fight.
Hardison knew that Black beauty is too powerful to be hidden away. When we see ourselves represented, we see the potential we all hold to create a world where we live our boundless potential.