"In Conversation With Women Weekly conversations, monthly topics Now, more than ever, is the time to amplify important female voices and to empower each other through shared experience. And so we’ve created a platform for women to tell their stories and a space where we can listen and learn from them.  In celebration of Black History Month, we've dedicated the month of February to conversations on the subject of JOURNEY, spotlighting the stories of three of the industry's most inspiring Black women."
"Lindsay Peoples Wagner  If you’ve ever felt there wasn’t a place for you in the fashion industry, let Lindsay Peoples Wagner’s story be a testament to where ambition, resilience and a desire to work harder than anyone else can take you. She has gone from interning at Teen Vogue to editor-in-chief of that same magazine, one where inclusion is now a guiding principle. This past summer, Lindsay co-founded the Black In Fashion Council, furthering inclusivity and addressing systemic racism. True to herself, unafraid to speak up, an arbiter of change, someone who seeks to lift up other women, especially those of color: Lindsay is one of the most inspiring women in fashion right now. Here, she walks us through her journey.  Q: Fashion is a notoriously challenging industry to break into and it can look deceivingly glamorous from the outside. What allowed you to get in, stay in and ultimately thrive?  A: It was incredibly hard for me to get my foot in the door because I always felt like, “I’m so behind, I don’t have a trust fund, I don’t have the right connections. All I have is passion and knowledge of the fashion industry and really a desire to work harder than anyone else around me”. But it felt like it wasn’t enough for a really long time.  Q: When you took the helm at Teen Vogue, you made a leap from market editor to the youngest editor-in-chief at Condé Nast. How did you do that?"
"A: Anyone who has ever known me or worked with me knows I will outwork most people in the room on any given day. And so even when I had the market editor title at The Cut, I went above and beyond and I wasn’t just a “market editor”.   I made a million decks of different ideas and different columns, different features and talent we should be working with. I looked at it as, “this is a really great opportunity and I want to get the most out of it and if I have to hustle my way to it I will”.  Q: And where does that strong work ethic come from? A: It’s just always felt like part of the responsibility of being a Black women that I never really felt like I had the choice of “let me just work a job and get a check and clock in and clock out”. I always felt that I’ve been given an incredible life with an incredible family, I need to do the very, very best that I can.  Q: Let's talk about the story you wrote back in 2018 for The Cut on what it’s like to be Black in fashion. What made that the right time to publish that piece?  A: You just hear all of this trauma and you hear all of this hurt and you hear all this pain. And people that have been working in the industry longer than I have, people that have witnessed, endured things that I never knew about. There was just so much that I felt like people have to know this. People have to understand that this isn’t okay and we can’t move forward in an industry that claims to be so progressive and not make fundamental, systematic changes.  Q: What does it look like to show up as your authentic self? A: I have to be myself, I have to be fully who I am. You realize that all of these different quirks about yourself and all these things that make you different and special and unique are really why people should be hiring you. "
“You realize that all these things that make you different and special and unique are really why people should be hiring you.” Lindsay Peoples Wagnerfull conversation."
"Who’s Next Stay tuned for more conversations next month as we discuss LEADERSHIP throughout March"
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