PANELLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR ‘THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY”

The demand for more relatable role models and fair opportunities has caused a shift within the fashion industry. During session two on Sunday 17th February, London Fashion Week: Insiders will welcome representatives from all areas of the industry discuss this change and the positive effects it can have on the industry and those who work within it.

Hosted by Jiawa Liu, the panel will discuss what diversity means to them, how they think we can introduce more diversity in the future of the industry, and where they have seen positive steps forward in the industry.

Jiawa is a Chinese born, Sydney and Paris-based fashion photographer and digital influencer. She is known for her cinematic visual aesthetic, guileless literary voice and tomboyish personal style.

As a fashion personality, Jiawa has been featured in publications internationally including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Refinery29 and Highsnobiety, and counts as her clients and partners, brands such as Gucci, Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and Vestiaire Collective. 

In addition to publishing on her digital platform, Beige Renegade, Jiawa is also Vogue Australia contributor and brand consultant to a number of luxury fashion labels.

Joining Jiawa on the panel will be Louise O’Reilly the International model, blogger and diversity in fashion advocate, Munroe Bergdorf the Model and Activist and Sebina Hussain one of the UK’s most recognised Muslim influencers.

Louise is an international plus/curve model and blogger based between Dublin & London. She has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years with a career taking her to almost every country in the world working with some of the biggest brands and most talented creatives in the industry along with features in magazines such as Vogue Italia, Vogue Espana, Elle Magazine, Teen Vogue and many more.

Her passion for diversity in fashion has been a driving force within her work for many years, alongside running her multi award winning fashion blog, Style Me Curvy, which was one of the first fashion blogs of its kind to speak about fashion for all sizes in terms of inclusivity. Louise started her blog over eight years ago during the very early stages of the blogging world. Style Me Curvy is now read globally with a 95% female demographic through which Louise has seen many shifts within the world of digital media and the conversation of fashion, print media and the rise of the “influencer”

Familiar for her refreshingly honest insight into ‘white privilege’, diversity and the LGBT+ community, Model and Activist Munroe Bergdorf has proven herself as the brave and bold voice which our society needs. An icon in an age of increasing social awareness, Bergdorf uses her sizeable profile to advocate for a fairer world and to empower individuals to fight for positive change. Munroe regularly appears on national and international television news to comment on race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and writes for publications including Grazia, iD, them.us, Paper Magazine, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and The Sunday Times Style. She is also the newly appointed LGBT+ editor for Dazed Beauty and will be part of this year’s OUT 100.

Sebina Hussain is a London based content creator, blogger and consultant.  Voted as one of Marie Claire’s Power Influencers of 2018, this new Mum of one and law graduate started her journey by sharing personal outfits back in 2014. Since then she has grown and developed her brand and worked with some of the leading names in fashion and beauty, both as a content created and consultant. As one of the UKs top and most recognised Muslim influencers, she uses her platform to address issues affecting the modern British Muslim Woman whilst continuously pushing for diversity in all fields. She is also the founder and Brand Development Manager for Bloom Management Ltd, a talent management and consultancy agency, managing British Muslim Influencers and consulting brands on their marketing strategies for the British Muslim Market.