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Fashion Designer Olivier Rousteing Is All About Empowering Women And Promoting Diversity In Fashion

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Posted by Allure on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

French designer Olivier Rousteing is giving women of every color space to be themselves and own it.

If you are a fashion junkie then chances are you’ve heard of the Balmain Army, a group of models who own the runway everywhere they go. But they’re not just pretty faces. French designer Olivier Rousteing is the man who assembled the star-studded and diverse entourage who are proud to be part of his army and he’s making sure there’s a message behind his muses. Some of the most notable models in the group include Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Jourdan Dunn, Bhumika Arora, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner. In the Allure video above, several models gush over the kind of person and designer that Rousteing is and how the Balmain Army has empowered them to be fierce and strong women.

“Balmain, it’s all about being strong yet classy, embracing your femininity,” Lima said in the video. “So I feel grateful when I see designers like Olivier embracing the modern woman.”

Rousteing wants fashion designers all over the world to start thinking about the women before the clothes.

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“Personalities are really important. I think a lot of designers today forget that you talk to women, you don’t talk to hangers,” Rousteing said in the video. “You talk to girls who actually have power so I think you need to feel it on the runway.”

(H/T: Allure)


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Latina Journalist Who Paved Way For Latinxs In Newsrooms Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Latina Journalist Who Paved Way For Latinxs In Newsrooms Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Cecilia Alvear, former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and longtime NBC producer, succumbed to a long battle with breast cancer on Friday and died at the age of 77. Alvear is touted for advocating for Latinos in the newsroom and for being a groundbreaking journalist.

Alvear, born in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, began her career as a production assistant at KNBC in 1971 in Los Angeles. Media Moves reports that Alvear was the first Latina news producer at any of the three major TV networks, when NBC hired her to run their Mexico City bureau in 1982. There she covered wars in Central America, the unrest in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, and earthquakes in Mexico City, El Salvador and Ecuador.” She also produced interviews with Fidel Castro in Cuba.

“She was a dedicated journalist, a champion for diversity, and a socially-conscious individual whose generosity of spirit made her a selfless and incredible friend,” Media Moves reports. “Her death is a great loss for those who knew and loved her and for those whose path she helped pave.”

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Alvear was also the first Latina selected for a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University in 1988. In 2007, she retired as a producer for NBC.

“I met Cecilia in 1982 when she was sent, as an NBC producer at the height of the Cold War, to run the war coverage of NBC in Latin America,” Los Angeles Times Latin America reporter Anne-Marie O’Connor said to LA Observed. “At the time it was rare to even meet a female producer, much less an Ecuadorian-born Latina who spoke English with an accent. Cecilia broke the mold.”

Read more about Alvear’s achievements here.

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