The Black in Fashion Council has set up a road map for real change in the industry

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The Black In Fashion Council, which was launched in July 'to represent and secure the advancement of black individuals in the fashion and beauty industry' has set out a plan of action to effectively create change.

The initiative, dubbed #ChangeFashion, comprises a roadmap and resources for racial equity within the industry, and was founded by model and activist Joan Smalls, the Black In Fashion Council, Color of Change and IMG's Fashion Businesses.

It is split into four recommendations: Divest from the police (by hiring independent security services where possible and giving less power to the police), Black representation & portrayals (elevate Black creatives, the Black communities which influence fashion, and representing nuanced and authentic portrayals of Black people on runways, and in editorial or branded content).

Invest in black talent & careers (to elevate all Black talent in the industry, support Black businesses and creatives, and ensure a fair and inclusive work environment) and Invest in black communities (to support Black communities in the cities in which it operates, and to support Black businesses that have been excluded from the industry).

In a statement, the initiative said, 'The goal of #ChangeFashion is to chart a course for industry change, and partner with executives, influencers and talent across the industry to make change a reality. It is a collaboration between those working for change on the inside of the industry, such as the Black in Fashion Council, and a powerful force for racial justice advocacy on the outside: Color Of Change. Fighting racism is not merely the trend of the season. It’s an ethos that can and must transform the fashion world as we know it, and make fashion a positive force for good—for everyone.'

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.