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When news broke about Essence Magazine hiring a white fashion editor back in 2010, many loyal readers of the magazine–whose tagline is “Where Black Women Come First”– were shocked. Even those in the fashion community were puzzled by the magazine’s decision to grant one of the most coveted positions in the fashion world to a woman who was not a reflection of the demographic to which she was serving. Black women struggle to find opportunities in media, and many white magazines refuse to hire African Americans. So, the odd decision by Essence to hire a white female over qualified African American women angered millions across the country.
But now, Ellianna Placas, the white fashion editor who filled that coveted and influential role for two years has been fired, according to the New York Post. She served as fashion director at Essence for two years. We are not sure why she was fired, but the move is sure to draw the attention of loyal readers of the magazine, many of them African American women seeking media outlets that are reflective of their interests.