FashionAFRICANA Brings Legendary Fashion Activist Bethann Hardison to The Frick Pittsburgh

When I first heard that FashionAFRICANA was bringing world-renowned model Bethann Hardison in for their new Speakers Series; I was beyond excited!  Ms. Hardison is one of my personal Sheros’ – not only is she a badass on the runway, but she is a fashion activist, and has been advocating for models of color for over 4 decades. She’s also the mother of actor Kadeem Hardison (a bonus for all of the “A Different World” fans).

Ms. Hardison and other black supermodels like Pat Cleveland battled against French models on the runway in the

(L) Bethann Hardison and (R) Ramona Saunders, wearing Stephen Burrows, the Battle of Versailles fashion show.

legendary Versailles 73′ show.  Her organization; Diversity Coalition, works to increase diversity in the fashion industry and expose racial prejudice.

And you can experience Ms. Hardison and all get some words of wisdom and gems tonight at The Frick Pittsburgh!  You can purchase tickets HERE.

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7PM at The Frick Pittsburgh, FashionAFRICANA is proud to present legendary global fashion activist, Bethann Hardison, as part of it’s new 4-part Speakers Series, BUILDING & CONNECTING COMMUNITY, with introductory remarks by Jim Rooney regarding ‘The Rooney Rule.’ The first talk featuring Ms. Hardison is in collaboration with The Frick, as a program of the exhibit Undressed.


FashionAFRICANA is one of the leading African-inspired Fashion and Art events in Pittsburgh. Established in 2001, FashionAFRICANA celebrates the beauty and diversity of the African Diaspora through Design, Dance, Music and curated exhibitions. Utilizing Africa’s diverse cultural heritage, the show reflects the vitality of the creative human spirit and has showcased the diverse talents of fashion designers and artists from all over the world including Africa, Europe and the United States. The intent of FashionAFRICANA is to share the breadth and richness of African textures, ethos and history through the language of fashion.

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