A headline in Teen Vogue shouted, “Hanifa’s 3-D digital fashion show just changed the game.” CNN, Harper’s Bazaar and Essence also celebrated the presentation of the virtual collection. Then, less than two weeks later, Forbes excluded Ms Mvuemba from a related story which claimed that a startup, called Bigthinx, was doing “the first 3D fashion show to be broadcast live.”
For Ms. Mvuemba and her supporters, it was like a slap in the face. An outcry on social media, where the story was seen as yet another example of the widespread erasure of black women’s contributions to arts and culture, gave Ms Mvuemba “so much anxiety” that she deleted the Twitter application from the home screen of his mobile phone.
“I see how much real support I receive from the people who have been on this journey from the start. But the fashion industry doesn’t consider us, ”Ms. Mvuemba said. “Even now I feel like an outsider. “
Following the outcry, Forbes edited and then deleted the article. An editor’s note on the original article read, “June 4, 2020 update: This post has been edited to reflect that Bigthinx was not the first company to host a virtual 3D fashion show. Hanifa from Anifa Mvemba held a 3D fashion show on May 22, 2020, and you can find out more here. “
Soon after, Beyoncé added Hanifa to singer Juneteenth’s “Black Parade” e-commerce directory.
“3D is not something I created, but the process and presentation is unique,” Ms. Mvuemba said. “Publishing the article – especially at a time like this in the heat of Black Lives Matter – was so dull. For black people around the world, it has been a difficult week. You wake up, you feel empowered, you see the unity, then you see the news: Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, then you are angry, upset and want to cry.