UK Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion: Ads That Shape Society

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Style
Hayley Goleniowska

When Natty was about 12 months old, I recall walking past a shop window and seeing a small poster in a shop window with a happy family group advertising snuggly fleeces. The girl in the photo had Down's syndrome. She was about eight years old and gorgeous.

Diversity and Inclusiveness: Why Has the Fun Gone Out of Fashion?

Jane Tynan | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Style
Jane Tynan

If fashion creates images of social power, then why has the industry suddenly grown a conscience? The answer may lie in the challenges fashion has faced in recent times. Alongside frequent calls for more black and Asian models, the industry has also been criticized for the pressure it places on all women to conform to white standards of beauty.

Have We Really Said Goodbye to the Back of the Bus?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Style
Mik Scarlet

In the 21st century, and yes that does make me feel old, we now have a generation of young disabled people who see modelling as career and they want the chance to strut their stuff. Not as a token but as a professional.

17 Quotes On Why Diversity In Fashion And Beauty Matters

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Style

The fashion industry might be changing, but the ultimate goal of a truly diverse representation of men and women remains uncertain. Models port...

The Glass Ceiling

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

Over the past two years, no black actors or actresses have been nominated for Oscars. And over the past decade there has only been 18 black nominees, which amounts to just 9 percent of all acting nominees.

Is My Black Not Beautiful?

Philomena Kwao | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Style
Philomena Kwao

We want options. My younger sisters want options. And it just doesn't seem fair. It's hard to pin point who exactly is to blame. If you take a look around the problem isn't only is fashion; it's in music, it's in film and it's on TV. Darker skinned women just aren't represented anywhere, especially not in the UK.

5 Beauty Bloggers With Disabilities You Need To Follow

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Style

In an industry obsessed with the quest for perfection, an epidemic of poor body image and a culture of Photoshopped selfies - there's a refreshing new...

UK Must Catch Up and Lead on Fashion Diversity

Angel Sinclair | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Style
Angel Sinclair

In the UK at present their are only two models with disabilities signed to major agencies and no UK brand that regularly uses disabled models in their campaigns. Why should disability in fashion still be allowed to be seen as a one-off, or as a publicity stunt?

Why Are There So Few Ethnic Minorities Going Into the Film and Arts? And How Do We Address This Lack of Diversity?

Sanchita Islam | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sanchita Islam

This is a question that has been instigated by the recent furore over the dearth of black representation at the 2016 Oscars with the absence of a single nomination in any category. But this crisis is not confined to film and TV, it also extends to the arts. Why is this? It can't be because of lack of talent, will or ambition, there is plenty out there.

Contracting Our Models to Break Bread With Us

Heidy Rehman | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

We continue to believe that industry self-regulation is the way forward. We think this can be achieved by the public applying moral pressure to fashion brands. Social media, in our opinion, is the perfect conduit. After all we have seen how swiftly the 'Are You Beach Body Ready?' protest spread. The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' is another analogy.

#Fashion4All: Join Our Campaign To Champion Diversity On The Catwalk

Ellen Wallwork | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Style
Ellen Wallwork

What does it matter if all catwalk models are of a singular type? Well for one thing, this lack of diversity is always going to pull focus from the designs and convey the message that the clothes are only intended to be worn by a very narrow segment of the audience.

The Diversity prize is a great one, but are you ready for it?

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Zaid Al-Zaidy

The lack of ethnic Diversity in our creative industries is a little like Global Warming. Some deny it's happening, some say that we're not responsible...

Oxford Does 'Not See The Need' For Cameron's Diversity Laws

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK

Oxford university has defended its diversity record, pointing to poor schooling as being partly to blame for a lack of black students after David Came...

Check What Privilege? How 'More Or Less' Equal Is the Same As Unequal and Why It Matters That Everyone Understands

Natasha Valladares | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Valladares

In the midst of the 'Oscars Diversity Debate' sides are being taken and opinions are being voiced. I won't be covering the contents of the debate, or making any statement about it in any specific way, but rather I want to talk about talking about it.

Toy Manufacturers Urged To Follow LEGO's Lead And Represent Disabled Children

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents

A charity is urging for more major toy manufacturers to make products featuring characters with disabilities after LEGO included a mini-figure of a ma...

Thanks for the Debate, Davos But It's Time for Action on Gender Diversity

Lucy Jameson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Lucy Jameson

In-between the parties, private meetings and panel discussions, gender was back on the agenda this year in Davos. It's just unfortunate that the headl...

Winnie Harlow, Model With Vitiligo, Stars In New Sprite Advert

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Style

Winnie Harlow, the supermodel with vitiligo, is the new star of Sprite's television ad - a double series also featuring restaurateur and TV food pers...

Another Oscar White Out...Are we Surprised?

Dana Alexander | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Dana Alexander

The tradition of watching minorities being ignored at the Academy Awards is as familiar as eating that tired stale fruit cake every Christmas. Hard, old and annual. I am not just talking about black people. I am talking about women, the disabled and other ethnic minorities too.

Why I Won't Be Watching the Oscars This Year

Fariba Soetan | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Fariba Soetan

For me this year, the Oscars controversy has struck a very personal chord, not because I am any more interested in what goes on in Hollywood than I was last year. But rather, because my 4 year old daughter came home saying last week that she wants white skin.

5 Things You Need To Know About Plus Size Model Mahalia Handley

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Style

Meet plus size model Mahalia Handley. You may not recognise her now but, thanks to a huge new UK modelling campaign, you're going to get used to seein...

As a Disabled Person, I Rarely See People Like Me on TV

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosemary Frazer

I feel the same way as Idris Elba. Because as a disabled person, I rarely see "people like me" on television or in the media either. The numbers speak for themselves. There are 11million disabled people living in Britain today. Yet just 2.5% of people on screen are disabled.

Nude Activists And Athletes Prove Beauty Comes In Many Forms

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: This article contains nude images that some may consider NSFW With such a focus on diet and fitness in the media during January it can be ...

10 Benefits of a Flatter Front: Redressing the Balance

Karen Dobres | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dobres

Of course, here at Loose Debra we believe that big breasts, saggy breasts, small breasts and no-breast chests are all intrinsically beautiful and don't need to change - it's all about attitude. I was a bit sad that the woman had felt the need for augmentation, though not unsympathetic as we all live with the social pressure to be valued according to what society says is valuable.

There's Still A Long Way To Go Before The UK's Police Forces Are Diverse, Figures Reveal

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 02.01.2016 | UK

The majority of the UK’s police forces still have a disproportionate number of white officers compared with ethnic minority officers, it has been re...

Model Who Lost Leg To Toxic Shock Syndrome Lands Huge New Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Style

Model Lauren Wasser's life-altering experience with toxic shock syndrome made the headlines this summer when she sued a tampon company for the loss of...