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#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Took A Stand At New York Fashion Week

Because the fashion industry needs to 'speak up'.

13/07/2016 10:16

A peaceful, but powerful, Black Lives Matter protest took place at New York Men’s Fashion Week on Tuesday 12 July.

Protesters stood in silence with their hands up, wearing T-shirts printed with the names of police brutality victims and the phrase ‘Stop killing us’.

Photos of the protest on Washington Avenue were shared on social media by the Councils Of Fashion Designers Of America (CDFA), fashion editors and street style photographers.

An important reminder no matter how busy the week. #blacklivesmatter

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Mashable revealed the event was organised by Hannah Stoudemire (pictured in the ‘Stop killing us’ T-shirt), who works at a high fashion brand.

“I’m the only black employee for a major house on Madison and everyone seems not to acknowledge what has happened. There’s no condolences. There’s nothing,” she told the publication.

Stoudemire hoped the protest would encourage fashion insiders to “stand up” and support the Black Lives Matter movement, despite fear of appearing “controversial”.

Following the CDFA’s support on social media, she told Mashable it meant “so much” to her.

“To finally have the industry say that we matter too is validating,” she said.

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