“The beauty industry has profited off perpetuating the myth that whiteness is the epitome of beauty” – Munroe Bergdorf

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By Rahael Mathew

Munroe Bergdorf is a British model, activist, and DJ who has become a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ community. She has made waves in the fashion and beauty industry, using her platform to advocate for marginalized groups and challenge societal norms.

From an early age, Bergdorf knew that she was different. Growing up in a predominantly white area, she felt isolated and confused about her identity. However, she found solace in exploring her gender and sexuality, eventually coming out as transgender. Bergdorf has been vocal about her experiences with discrimination and prejudice, particularly in the fashion and beauty industry.

Despite these challenges, Bergdorf has made a name for herself as a model, gracing the cover of UK’s DIVA magazine in 2017 and becoming the first transgender woman to do so. She has also worked with major brands like L’Oreal and Nike, using her platform to advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry. Not to mention, becoming cover star of Cosmopolitan UK’s 50th anniversary magazine.

Bergdorf is known for her powerful and thought-provoking quotes on a range of topics, from race and gender to beauty and activism. One of her most famous quotes came in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, where she called out white people for their complicity in racism. This statement sparked controversy but also opened up a much-needed conversation about systemic racism.

Bergdorf has also been vocal about the beauty industry’s lack of diversity and the harmful impact it has on people of color. She has advocated for greater representation, education, and celebration of different types of beauty. Her advocacy has resulted in tangible change, with brands like L’Oreal and Fenty Beauty expanding their shade ranges to be more inclusive.

Never Giving up

Despite facing significant backlash and criticism for her activism and advocacy, Bergdorf remains steadfast in her commitment to creating a more just and equitable world. She continues to use her voice and platform to amplify the voices of others and to push for meaningful change in the fashion and beauty industry and beyond.

When fired from L’Oreal for her comments of discrimination on social media, Munroe Bergdorf stood up taller. In the wake of her firing, Bergdorf became a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in the beauty industry, and many people came out in support of her. Eventually, L’Oreal issued an apology to Bergdorf and invited her to participate in a conversation about diversity and inclusion.

A way forward

To all those suffering out there, know that you are not alone in your fight for equality and justice. Your resilience and courage in the face of discrimination and prejudice are truly inspiring. It is through your activism and advocacy that we can move towards a world where all people, regardless of gender identity, can live free from oppression and discrimination. Remember that your voice and your story matter, and that your unique experiences and perspectives are essential to creating a more just and equitable society. Continue to fight the good fight, speak your truth, and know that there are countless individuals and organizations who stand with you in solidarity. Together, we can create a world where all of us can thrive and live full and meaningful lives.

Credits : Papermag, Stylist.co.uk