FEMALE FASHION ACTIVISTS WHO ARE CHAMPIONING SUSTAINABILITY & DIVERSITY

Keep an eye on these women as they continue to make waves and champion change in the fashion
industry.

JACKIE MAY Journalist and Founder of TWYG.com

Bio: Jackie May has been working in print and broadcast media for more than 20 years. Her most notable role includes being at the helm of Marie Claire South Africa as its Editor In Chief.

Cause: In 2017, May stepped away from traditional media and ventured into the world of digital publishing. TWYG, a digital magazine and not-for-profit company was launched with the sole mission to inspire and support a modern, eco-conscious, and forward-thinking lifestyle. Two years later, the NPO established the TWYG Sustainable Fashion Awards, which aims to shine the spotlight on designers who recognise the urgency of the climate crisis and who, through their design practices, play a part in the solution.

How You Can Join The Movement: Follow and share content from @twyg to keep the conversation around fashion’s impact on climate change going.


ASANDA SIZANI Fashion Journalist, Creative Director, and Former Editor In Chief of Glamour South Africa

Bio: After establishing herself as one of the most creative forces in South African fashion journalism, and as a result amassing a one hundred thousand strong legion of fashion devotees on Instagram, Asanda Sizani was appointed as the first black editor of Condé Nast’s South African iteration of Glamour Magazine. While in her position at Glamour Magazine, Sizani was proactive in ensuring that the magazine introduced and celebrated young, gifted, and black artists, designers, writers and celebrities.

In 2019, Sizani stepped down from her role at Glamour and went on to launch a career in public speaking, fashion design, and fashion activism.

Cause: Owing to the lack of diversity she witnessed in the predominantly white-owned and white-staffed fashion publishing industry, Sizani created Black Editors. As the name suggests, the platform’s focus is to bring awareness to and amplify the voices of black editors across Southern Africa. Her ultimate goal is to show the industry that diversity matters, and to show up and coming black journalists and creatives that it is possible to take up space in publishing.

How You Can Join The Movement: Follow and share content from @blackeditors_ to keep the conversation around diversity going.


HADEEL OSMAN

Bio: Hadeel is best known for making it onto the coveted Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list for her work as the founder of DAVU Studio, a multi-disciplinary creative studio that fuses design, art, education, and
sustainability.

Cause: This July, Osman took to social media to launch a campaign titled, #AfricaIsNotALandfill to draw awareness to the excessive dumping that takes place within the high street and luxury fashion industry.

How you can join the movement: Spread the word about #AfricaIsNotALandfill to keep the conversation around eco-conscious fashion consumption going.