Ebonee DavisNew Frontiers Portrait
Photography Ryan Brabazon,
Fashion Marcela Jacobina,
Interview Maddalena Iodice
“MY TRUTH CALLS ME TO SPEAK ON THE RACIAL BIAS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY BECAUSE THAT WAS PART OF MY EXPERIENCE. IT CALLS ME TO SPEAK UPON RELATIONSHIPS AND SELF ESTEEM BECAUSE I’VE BEEN THROUGH DEVASTATING THINGS.”
|MI While working on this interview I really wanted to find a proper way to embrace the complexities of the topics you have been speaking about. Listening to the artists you mentioned in some recent interviews as your sources of inspiration, seemed to be the best way to start. “We gotta start makin’ changes. Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers” [Changes, Tupac, 1998]. Almost 20 years later these words are still extremely actual… Where do you think this change should start from?
ED Well, to me Tupac is really touching on the division between the Black community.
|We’ve been pitted against one another in so many ways—men against men, women against women, gangs against gangs, light against dark, mothers against fathers—that we’ve lost any sense of unity. If we came together and support each other we could have peace and success and the freedom that we have been desperately searching for. “See me as your brother” is like recognize that we are all bonded. We must learn to respect each other for no other reason than the fact that we share our existence in common. That’s it.|
|To read the full interview download MUSE 47 available from September 7th, 2017.|