This week I had the honor of being interviewed for my favorite podcast, Conscious Chatter, in time for Fashion Revolution Week— the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse in Bangladesh, where over 1,130+ garment workers were killed in the process of making products for major fast fashion brands in Europe and North America. Structural cracks were found the day before, and all were expected to evacuate. But pressure to complete orders led management to force workers back to work.
In line with this week that pushes consumers to ask retailers #whomademyclothes?, I sat down with Kestrel Jenkins of the podcast Conscious Chatter.
This is by far one of the most in-depth interviews I’ve had, so if you’re curious about my journey & work, give it a listen. We explore everything from racial politics, revolution washing, visual representation and more.
“I think the way we look at sustainable fashion now – it’s been a response. So, sustainable fashion exists because the industry is inherently broken, and we could argue that fast fashion has profited off the normalization of exploitation. As we go forward, I think if we work toward a more just industry, that’s inherently going to change the definition of sustainability too. It’s tied with change, it’s tied with being critical about how the industry currently stands – so, that’s a reflection of who we are as individuals, but also where we stand in larger systems of inequality.”