Vogue’s leader Anna Wintour is responding to the “Pull Up or Shut Up” challenge on social media in light of the protests to end police brutality and systemic racism.
“I want to start by acknowledging your feelings and expressing my empathy towards what so many of you are going through: sadness, hurt, and anger too,” the magazine editor wrote in an internal memo to staff.
“I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team — I can only imagine what these days have been like. But I also know that the hurt, and violence, and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is overdue.”
Although she did not address the comments made by former editor Andre Leon Talley in his book “The Chiffon Trenches,” about her personal behavior, she did say, “I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators. We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes.”
She also added “It can’t be easy to be a Black employee at Vogue, and there are too few of you. I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will.”