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Cardi B’s Favorite Brand Fashion Nova Is In A Whole Lot Of Boiling Hot Water After A Model Accused Them Of Colorism

In the past, clothing brand Fashion Nova has come under fire for accusations of shady business practices. The brand has been accused countless times for not including dark-skinned models and customers when promoting their clothes on Instagram. The brand has also been accused of allegedly stealing designs from black-owned indie clothing companies.  Recently, social media influencer Jackie Aina revealed that she stopped collaborating all together with Fashion Nova when the brand refused to include more dark-skinned people on its Instagram. When she complained about the practice, she was just offered more money for her services — no doubt a bribe for her silence.

Now, a dark-skinned Instagram model has come forward with more allegations of colorism against the clothing company.

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Model Atim Ojera recently came forward with claims that she experienced tokenism after Aina brought to light Fashion Novas’ colorist practices. According to Ojera, the clothing brand promptly ended her contract when all the controversy over their Instagram posts died down.

It started when Aina expressed frustration with the brand over their colorism.

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The influencer pointed out that Fashion Nova predominantly advertises to Black people and people of color, yet they do not reflect that same practice in the advertising of their clothing.

“Every time I go on this page, the majority of [the] women I see are either light-skinned black women, biracial women, or they’re racially ambiguous,” Aina explained in a YouTube video. “They could be one thing [or] they could be something else. You don’t really know. Do I have a problem with them being represented in beauty or fashion? I don’t. But when that’s the only thing I see on the page…”

That’s when Ojera contacted Aina to share that she has also experienced colorism from the clothing brand.

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In the DM, Ojera shares her experience as a Fashion Nova model. What started as a new venture soon had her becoming suspicious about the brand’s diversity practices. Her DM reads:

“After a while, I noticed they would (only) post me. At first, I felt like I was representing for all Black women but then I realized out of the millions of Black women promoting for them, it shouldn’t just be me because there are way more of us who have even better style than I do.”

At first, the model was optimistic about her opportunities with the fashion brand.

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“They contacted me asking if I wanted to become an official model for them for their website/commercials they had. I was honestly so excited at the time because I was oblivious and genuinely thought they wanted me to be their sole representation.”

However, the good feelings didn’t last long for the model.

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“When all of the comments about (Aina’s) video had gone down a bit, they contacted me basically saying they don’t need me anymore because ‘they put their model search on halt.'”

Ojera soon learned that she was not only being used, she was also being underpaid for her efforts.

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“I soon learned they were paying me way less than other influencers who were working with them. I really felt cheated and unfortunately still have a contract with them so I have to finish my last posts otherwise I’ll have to pay them back the money they sent me.”

This is a gross situation but it is unfortunately not uncommon. When Aina left Fashion Nova as a brand promoter, she had to pay her way out of her influencer contract just as Ojera is being forced to consider.

The model has vowed to never work with Fashion Nova again once her responsibilities are finally met.

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“After this, I will never work with them again after how they’ve treated myself and many other smaller black influencers who are worth just as much if not more than other influencers. I really do hope I can get out of this contract with them ASAP so that I can move on to bigger and genuine brands. They never put (their model search) on halt, by the way. They hired more white/latino/racially ambiguous models and seeing that (genuinely) made me feel less than.”

Looking at Fashion Nova’s Insta feed, their promoted models and influencers are noticeably predominantly light-skinned.

 Instagram / @fashionnova

Despite many sources calling out the fashion brand for their colorist Instagram practices, Fashion Nova hasn’t switched things up at all. It seems they only resort to posting dark-skinned influencers when they are called out for these practices — but it is clearly an insincere move. Once objectors move on, the brand goes back to purposely prioritizing light-skinned people in their social media posts. This is a classic example of tokenism and — with the help of outspoken influencers like Ojera and Aina — hopefully the brand will be exposed for what it really stands for.

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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It seems like 2020 has been the year of sneaker collaborations – or in Bad Bunny’s case – Crocs collaborations. From Bad Bunny to J Balvin, Travis Scott to Christian Dior, it seems that everyone is trying to get their name on a fresh pair of sneakers.

And I’m not complaining. I love a good shoe collaboration as much as the next guy, however, news of a possible Adidas and Bad Bunny collaborations has me extra excited since both of those are my favorites of their respective worlds. For me: Adidas is to the sneaker world what Bad Bunny is to reggaetón.

So far there haven’t been a lot of details released by either San Benito nor Adidas but this is what we do know.

Adidas x Bad Bunny will be releasing an epic sneaker collection early next year.

It’s just weeks after Bad Bunny’s custom Crocs basically broke the Internet and we’re already getting news (or at least rumors) of a possible Adidas x Bad Bunny collaboration happening soon. According to a story by Complex, Bad Bunny is about to bring more of his signature looks to your sneaker collection.

The Complex story says that a source familiar with the brand’s product plans for next year told them about the likely collab. However, neither Adidas nor Bad Bunny have announced the sneaker and wouldn’t confirm the project when reached for comment. If true though, the kicks would likely arrive as part of the sportswear brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 offerings.

In a photo Complex shared of the rumored sneaker, we get a possible first look at the soon-to-be sold out sneaker. The color palette featured on the Puerto Rican’s take on the Forum silhouette looks quite similar to his crocs with all-beige detailing that very well may also be glow-in-the-dark. The kicks seem to feature light blue design details on the sole and side sole of the shoes.

An Adidas x Bad Bunny collab will likely do as well or even better then his recent Crocs launch.

If rumors are true, the Forum would be El Conejo Malo’s first sneaker collaboration, although he already has a wildly-successful Crocs line that he released in September. And fans have proven themselves willing to go to great lengths to get their hands on Bad Bunny anything basically (myself included!).

The Crocs retail for $60 USD but are already being resold for more than $200 USD on sites like e-bay. Not to mention that the Crocs launch left many fans disappointed because of their instant success – the line sold out within minutes.

When the collab was initially announced, Bad Bunny called himself a “longtime fan” of the famous brand, adding that he hoped his version inspires his fans to “have their own fun with their personal style and wearing what makes them happy.”

He even got a little sentimental, adding: “I believe in being true and not placing limitations on myself, which is also something Crocs represents, and this is the message I always want to make sure I send out to my fans.”

For those of you who aren’t well-versed in Croc lingo, Jibbitz charms are jewelry-like flair you can pin through the holes of your Crocs. The Bad Bunny x Crocs Jibbits reference his music from his recent YHLQMDLG album–fire emojis, stars, planets, a man holding a sign that says: zona de perreo. And, of course, there was a bunny Jibbit as well.

It’s no secret that Bad Bunny is a sneaker lover.

In a 2018 episode of Sneaker Shopping on Complex, Bad Bunny explained his footwear history, saying that his native Puerto Rico was lacking in boutique stores.

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve liked sneakers,” Bad Bunny said then.

He’s not the only Latin trap artist that’s expected to release their own shoe soon. Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin said in an April interview with High Snobiety that his Air Jordan 1 collaboration was supposed to launch in November. Jordan Brand hasn’t confirmed this news.

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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We know LGBTQ rights, birth control, and race are under threat as Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. We know that that conservative judge has been evasive in answering comments about her beliefs which, if appointed, would steer her in making fundamental decisions that could affect American citizens’ lives for decades. Still, though we knew things are bound to go sideways as most things under the Trump administration have, we didn’t realize that an educated woman living in today’s world would refuse to acknowledge a basic societal fact: that “systemic racism” exists in the United States.

In written responses submitted Tuesday night, Barrett repeated her refusal to say whether “systemic racism” exists in our country.

After Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii asked her to explain her view of the existence of “systemic racism” in the United States, Barret refused the opportunity to acknowledge its existence.

“At the hearing, you acknowledged that racism persists in our country, but you refused to answer where there is systemic racism, calling it a ‘policy question.’ You also refused to answer other questions based on your view that they are ‘policy questions,’” Hirono wrote in his questions. “What makes a statement a policy question rather than a question of fact?”

“I believe that racism persists in our country, but as I explained at the hearing, whether there is ‘systemic racism’ is a public policy question of substantial controversy, as evidenced by the disagreement among senators on this very question during the hearing,” Barrett replied. “As a sitting judge and judicial nominee, it would be inappropriate for me to offer an opinion on the matter.”

Barrett’s approach to the question is not totally uncommon. Previous Supreme Court nominees have avoided answering questions concerning precedent. Barrett clung to the approach during her confirmation hearing last week while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett used this as a standard and repeatedly cited it as a reason for dodging questions.

Systemic racism exists within our country without question.

It persists in our academic settings, workplaces, as well as in our court and judicial system. The fact is that when a certain group dominates a majority of positions of decision-making power, others struggle to exist and get by let alone get ahead. For generations and right now, white people have been the dominating group with decision-making power and people of color have suffered as a result. Acknowledgment is a vital part of making this change. Particularly from our leaders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Thursday afternoon.

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