Essence, a Time Inc.-owned monthly that is seen as the ultimate fashion and lifestyle title for black women, is wrestling with a controversy sparked by a former fashion editor who criticized the magazine's decision to hire a white woman as its new fashion director.
That’s what the founding fashion director of Vibe wrote on Facebook, “The fashion industry has historically been so hostile to black people—especially women,” and calling the hiring of Ellianna Placas “a dark day.”
Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray told Media Ink she's aware of the controversy now playing out on Facebook but said she's not changing course.
And Hamilton Nolan weighs in on Gawker: “Should a white person be the top editor of Essence? Probably not unless it's absolutely necessary. Should a white lady be fashion editor of Essence? It's fine with me.”