Michelle Obama’s stylist talks fashion’s ‘frustrating’ lack of diversity

 pagesix.com  02/13/2019 21:01:46   Leah Bitsky

Meredith Koop, the stylist behind Michelle Obama‘s flawless wardrobe, has a bone to pick with the fashion industry.

“I’m a white woman. I interact with people in fashion of all different races and backgrounds, but I will say that I find the fashion industry to be not diverse,” Koop explained during “NYFW The Talks: Passion Meets Purpose Presented by TRESemmé,” a panel discussion during New York Fashion Week over the weekend.

“I find it to be frustrating, and I don’t really want to be a part of it.”

Joined by designer Carly Cushnie, artist and activist Paola Mendoza and moderator and author of “How To Slay” Constance C.R. White, Koop explained that talk of Hollywood inclusion riders really resonated with her.

“That really struck me as a really succinct thing,” she said.

The fashion consultant also revealed that she has turned down projects that aren’t inclusive. “When I get asked to be on a project or to work with a company, I generally look at who else is on that project, who else is involved, what that group of people looks like, and if there’s a styling portion to it, who we are styling. What do all those people look like?” she said.

“I’ve had jobs where I’ve said I don’t want to do that job because it’s just a bunch of white women and I don’t want to style a bunch of white women.”

In a somewhat awkward turn, White, who seemed to misunderstand Koop’s statement, asked, “Isn’t that being racist against white women?”

Following a few uncomfortable chuckles from the audience, Koop replied, “We could go into that, but I don’t really believe in that concept.”

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