Avon launches competition to support inclusivity in the beauty industry

A new competition for budding beauty entrepreneurs launches tomorrow in the hope of bringing more inclusivity to the beauty industry. Spearheaded by beauty giant Avon, the Beauty in Colour Start Up competition will be open to women of colour across the UK who are being encouraged to put forward product ideas, formulas, or beauty business proposals.

Participants will be competing for a £20,000 grant, mentoring and the chance to develop and distribute their product exclusively with Avon, while two runners-up will be enrolled onto a bespoke mentorship programme to support product and business development.  

In collaboration with guest judges, journalist and business owner Ateh Jewel, beauty expert Nilam Holmes and CEO of the British Beauty Council Millie Kendall MBE, Avon’s new initiative seeks to diversify the sector and confront the existing barriers faced by women of colour in two folds; through the creation of accessible products and opening up career

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Inclusivity a Hot Topic at Milan Fashion Week

MILAN — The curtain will be raised today on a Milan Fashion Week edition like no other, in a city and country that have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the uncertainties and caution in preventing the spread of the virus, the calendar is rich enough to span until Sept. 28 and the schedule is more rounded, with several new brands appearing on the scene and initiatives that respond to the global demand for more inclusivity.

The Italian fashion industry is giving voice to five designers who reflect its multicultural structure and, in collaboration with the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion Collective, Italy’s Camera della Moda will present the “We Are Made in Italy” project that will highlight the work of five Italian designers of color, mentored by Stella Jean and Edward Buchanan. “The Fab Five Bridge Builders” will show their spring 2021 collections as a unique

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