An age-old rumor has resurfaced in the fashion world about some famous designers being racist. Remember the old rumor about fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger was a racist? Supposedly, he didn’t like Black and Asian people wearing his clothing. However, let’s remember, Hilfiger made millions from glamorizing his fashion on some of the top Hip-Hop & R&B performs of the 90s. Rumor has it that Hilfiger was on the Oprah Winfrey show and said some racist remarks about Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. According to an unknown source, “If I had known that African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians would buy my clothes, I would not have made them so nice,” and “I wish those people would not buy my clothes – they were made for upper-class whites.” After Hilfiger went on television and said racist remarks on Oprah, Oprah asked him to leave.
Am I the only one who knows this is false. Before Hilfiger actually appeared on Oprah for the first time, this rumor circulated for 10 years & cost Hilfiger some major revenue as well as respect. Now I don’t believe Hilfiger is a racist or said those things. However, I do believe that someone had a reason to try to ruin his name and label him racist. However, the person and that reason may forever be unknown to the world and Hilfiger. Or maybe, Hilfiger already knows.
Now lets take the lens off of Hilfiger and the late 90s and catch up to the present. On Jan. 6, 2015, NahaDaily published an article stating the CEO Michaels Kors supposedly said via Twitter that “he is tired of pretending to like Black people.” Rumor has it he also said ” he can’t imagine MK purses being stuffed with synthetic hair, weave or whatever else my fans are into.” To make some things clear, NahaDaily is one of the millions satire sites that falsely creates stories about people. Also, lets not forget, this is the same website which reported that the CEO of Timberland “didn’t like seeing Black people in his boots.”
The subject that interest me the most about these two rumors is racism. Why have satire websites and people chosen to expose these two fashion designers as racists? Researching these rumors and getting down to the truth shows how powerful racism is in America. People look at Hilfiger and Kors fashion and think or feel that it is high-class fashion and should only be seen on White people. However, thinking this way only shows that people still see Blacks as not being able to dress classy. But lets not forget, people are paying attention to what Black entertainment is wearing. Many of today’s fashion is a combination from all types of culture, ideas, and inspiration.
Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger have become victims of racism because people are trying to bash their names and brands because they create fashion for all skin tones.