Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates to Chair Prada Diversity Council Following Blackface Controversy
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and sculptor Theaster Gates will chair Prada’s newly announced Diversity and Inclusion Council. Prada recently came under fire after the design of a $550 monkey keychain was compared to blackface imagery. The accessory was pulled and the company promised to “learn from this and do better.” The Council will advise Prada on training staff, sponsor scholarships, and create internship and apprenticeship programs in diverse communities in a bid to “help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live,” Designer and Co-Chief Executive Officer Miuccia Prada said. Gates added, “My work amplifies the voices that have been absent from broad cultural conversations, and I am happy to partner with Prada to advise on processes that will make the company and industry more reflective of the world today.” More here.