By Claire Zillman
November 30, 2016

Diversity-minded organizations have engaged in some serious hand-wringing of late as they attempt to add women, minorities, members of the LGBT community, and people with disabilities to their workforces. They are trying to rid their recruiting pipelines of unconscious bias by removing candidates’ names from resumes, turning to blind interviews and auditions, and tapping non-traditional pools of talent.

Fashion designer Rachel Roy argues that her industry is one others can look to as an example of diversity. At Fortune‘s MPW Next Gen Summit yesterday, Roy praised her sector’s inclusive atmosphere and how it judges designers based on merit—not appearance. Roy would know: The daughter of an Indian immigrant father, she went from working at a mall at age 14 to dressing the likes of Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian.

“Women are welcome, minorities are welcome, gays are welcome,” she said, noting that succeeding in the fashion industry, “takes talent and hard work—but it doesn’t matter what you look like.”

I’d argue that fashion could be more accepting of all body shapes and could use more women of color on the catwalk, but the diversity that Roy describes is what other industries should shoot for.



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