MODECANDAROCKS in partnership with MELANI Beauty, hosted BLACK CANADIAN STYLE: HERE’S THE THING… A discourse on the importance of Black Canadian identities in fashion, design, culture and media, on Tuesday, August 11th –– a live and interactive ZOOM Event with some of Canada’s top Black creative leaders. With the recent racial unrest and pandemic that has taken the world by storm and shone light on antiquated ideologies and debauched systems, MODECANADAROCKS mounts a creative conversation across fashion, design, culture and media, on how Canada can seize the moment to model new opportunities for an equitable future.
The panel consisted of 11 highly influential Black Canadian industry image-makers from trailblazers to contemporary voices, across different platforms and businesses. These include FASHION Magazine Beauty Director, Natasha Bruno; Judy Inc. Fashion & Beauty Director, Campaign & Editorial, Richard Campbell; photographer and videomaker, Steve Carty; Elle Canada Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Craft; Creative Director; professor, author and Former Beauty Editor, Chatelaine Magazine, Charmaine Gooden; Delectant Media Inc. CEO & MODECANADAROCKS Founder, Len D. Henry; Supermodel and Lana Ogilvy Skincare Founder, Lana Ogilvie; Entrepreneur, Wealthie Works Daily Inc., Filminute, and Newsrooms Co-Founder, Sabaa Quao; Milan’s Show Division President, Celia Sears; Footwear Designer, Black Designers of Canada Principal, George Sully and model, Aleece Wilson. Hosted by Moderator, Lawyer & Trademark Agent, Anjli Patel, panelists shared their own personal experiences, creative identities and successes, and touch briefly on the complexities that exist being Black in Canada’s creative landscape. Then dove deep to propose and explore actionable branding, imaging and marketing ideas that need to come to fruition to firmly fortify the cultural shifts starting to happen today.
BLACK CANADIAN STYLE: HERE’S THE THING… serves as a significant reference tool that invites both consumers and industry to recognize and encourage Black success. The end goal of the forum is to bring about positive change, engage with fresh creative perspectives, and generate new business opportunities for generations to come.