Calvin Klein Model, Ebonee Davis, Calls For Change In The Fashion Industry

You might remember Ebonee Davis from last year. If you don’t you need to know about her. 

Davis is a model for Calvin Klein, who gained notice last year after penning an open letter to the fashion industry calling on it to combat racism by reforming what it means to be beautiful.

Yesterday, the Seattle native appeared on TEDx Talks where she further explored the impact the fashion industry has on shaping cultural perceptions, recounted her experiences as a Black fashion model and presented solutions for change that will help combat the systemic racism that ripples throughout all areas of society.


Davis found out a week ago that her TEDx Talks session would appear online and described bursting into tears when it went live.


If you knew how much I’ve overcome to get to this point, you’d understand what I’m feeling right now. You’d understand what this moment means. I didn’t even love myself a year ago.

I was still trying to be something I’m not to fit a mold that wasn’t made for me. This journey, this evolution into self-love is something I wish for each and every person on this planet.

Keep dreaming.
Keep pushing.
Keep resisting.
Don’t let anyone tell you your dreams aren’t valid.

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