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The fashion industry’s struggle with diversity has been well-documented, from the glaring omission of black models on the runway to the relatively small number of black women designers even presenting at Fashion Week. In the face of discrimination and a startling lack of representation, these 30 women  work to champion diversity and bring color to every facet of the fashion industry.

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Whether they operate behind-the-scenes like fashion publicist Umindi Francis, or in the spotlight like celebrated style expert and TV host, Tai Beauchamp, these women are wielding their power and using their influence to affect change. Ahead, the 30 most powerful black women in fashion.

17 Most Powerful Black Women in Fashion
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