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Style launches essay competition with the Black Writers' Guild and Bernardine Evaristo

The Sunday Times’ magazine launches the competition for aspiring black fashion and beauty journalists.

It will be open to women who are Black-British and under 25, and will be judged by Bernardine Evaristo, Lorraine Candy, and Emma Paterson, literary agent at Aitken Alexander Associates.

Bernardine set the question, which is, Fashion and beauty are going through a revolution. What does that statement mean to you? Aspiring journalists are asked to write an 800-word personal fashion or beauty essay in response. It will close at 23.59 on September 26, 2020. Details on how to enter are here:

The Black Writers' Guild said: "We are delighted to be supporting The Sunday Times Style in finding new talent from our culture for their fashion and beauty pages. The representation of Black people in all areas is really important to us and this is a great opportunity for the next generation to take their space."

The competition was launched in an edition of Style magazine guest-edited by Booker prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo and the winner will receive mentoring and six commissioned pieces in Style.

Black photographers, stylists, make-up artists and creatives helped to create the issue, which features many emerging and established Black fashion designers.

Bernardine Evaristo added: “I was thrilled to be invited to guest edit this special issue of Style, at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has re-energised the conversation around racism.  

“It was of utmost importance to me, to make sure this issue put Black women in the spotlight and also to make it queer-inclusive, much as I did with my novel Girl, Woman, Other.

“It is a groundbreaking celebration of Black women and womxn. You may never have heard of them before, but you will be hearing a lot more about them in the future. I believe every one of them deserves wider attention.”

Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of Style commented: “This is my final issue as Editor-in-Chief of Style and I am proud to leave the magazine on such a career-high. At this pivotal moment it is important we make a commitment to including the voices of Black women in fashion and beauty titles. 


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