Fashion and beauty industry leaders speak out against anti-Asian racism

The social media hashtag #StopAsianHate is one that many fashion and beauty industry leaders are standing behind.

Following anti-Asian violence that has since increased amid the pandemic as well as a recent Atlanta shooting in which six Asian women were killed, rallies fighting Asian hate have continued to soar across the nation.

Designers including Prabal Gurung as well as beauty industry notables such as Allure magazine’s editor-in-chief Michelle Lee are using their massive platforms to speak up and speak out against hate crimes toward individuals of Asian descent.

PHOTO: A woman holds a placard during a rally against Asian hate at Columbus Park in Chinatown on March 21, 2021, in New York. (View Press/Corbis via Getty Images)

PHOTO: A woman holds a placard during a rally against Asian hate at Columbus Park in Chinatown on March 21, 2021, in New York. (View Press/Corbis via Getty Images)

Below, check out how some of these elite forces in fashion and beauty are providing resources, spreading awareness and championing brands to rally against anti-Asian hate crime.

Prabal Gurung

The fashion designer and

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