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Ava DuVernay Joins Prada as the Co-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

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Filmmaker, screenwriter, and activist, Ava DuVernay has always been on the frontlines of the fight against oppression, using films like 13th to address the racial injustices plaguing the black community, and her Twitter platform to support Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protest and denounce “white privilege.” Now, DuVernay is bringing her fight to the fashion world as the co-chair of Prada’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Following a wave of backlash after releasing keychains that evoked racist imagery, Prada is launching a diversity council with Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates at the helm in an effort to “elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large,” according to a press release. DuVernay and Gates will assist the Italian luxury house as it “invests in diverse talent development and expands opportunities for young students of color in the fashion industry.”

Part of Prada’s new initiative includes teaming up with a number of universities and colleges to bridge the diversity gap in the fashion industry by creating internship opportunities, sponsorships, and training programs at Prada offices in the US and worldwide.

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