Celebrity Fashion Designer Prabal Gurung talked about the importance of diversity and inclusiveness at the 2017 FashionistaCon. This acclaimed designer who styled Former First Lady Michelle Obama leads the fashion industry in diversity and inclusivity. The fashion community raves about the diversity in his runway shows.
Gurung was raised by a single mother in Nepal, and knows what it is like not to feel attractive. He recalled turning the pages of a magazine and not seeing anyone who looks like him. He knows what it is like to not fit in.
Prabal Gurung believes that beauty can’t be defined just one way. “It can’t just be blond hair, blue eyes, size zero. There’s beauty in that but beauty elsewhere also.”
There is an old saying: “Put your money where your mouth is.” Gurung embodies this phrase. He takes action to promote diversity and inclusion.
For example, the couturier collaborated with Lane Bryant for a plus size clothing line. He recognized that the majority of women in America are plus size. Yet, plus size women in America are treated like minorities in the fashion industry.
Gurung also commented on recent allegations of sexual harassment in fashion and other industries. These problems will not change unless and until women and minorities are better represented. According to Gurung, “These are human issues, and the issues are so important that we need to talk about them now.”
Background Information About Prabal Gurung
This talented designer has styled Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton), Demi Moore, Zoe Saldana and other celebrities. According to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Gurung won numerous awards and honors. He also collaborated with Target and MAC Cosmetics.
Prabal Gurung’s philanthropic efforts are impressive. He paid for education for more than 500 children (mostly girls) whose parents were imprisoned. He also raised funds for earthquake survivors.
Prabal Gurung said that he wanted to challenge the gatekeepers and tastemakers of fashion. I dare say he has done so in more ways than one.