CFDA President CaSandra Diggs Has Officially Resigned from her Executive Position – Fashion Bomb Daily

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In August 2020, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced the appointment of Cassandra Diggs as the organization’s president, and after three years at the helm, Diggs chose to step down from her executive role.

The news comes at an interesting time, with Black History Month and Fashion Week in progress, and is sure to spark speculation about what happened or what influenced Diggs’ decision.

Her future at CFDA looked promising, as she served as CFDA’s Chief Administrative and Financial Officer for more than 20 years and was later promoted to Chairman due to the excellence she exemplified.

In a statement released yesterday evening, the CFDA told WWD:

“CFDA and Cassandra Diggs have parted ways. We thank her for her contributions and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. This organization is committed to creative excellence, business longevity, and positive impact. We remain focused on our mission to support and strengthen American fashion by expanding our business. We have no additional comment at this time.”

It’s important to note that when Diggs first accepted her role, we were in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to the New York Times, “June 1, 2020 Tom Ford, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, called on the board to address the Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice and systemic racism in the fashion industry. . Two days later, the CFDA issued the following statement:

“Having a clear voice and speaking out against racial injustice, bigotry and hatred is the first step, but it is not enough,” it says, listing four steps to follow. This included a jobs program tasked with placing black talent in all areas of the fashion industry to help achieve a racially balanced industry.

Many organizations like the CFDA have pledged to promote diversity in the fashion industry, but once the BLM movement died down, so did the quest to be more inclusive. It’s as if the trend of amplifying black voices from marginalized groups continued until it wasn’t. Fast forward to today and there is still a lack of Black representation in the fashion industry.

Fashion Bomb daily readers took to Instagram to comment on the news. @Tdivaesq wrote, “Baby, post-pandemic racism is ending at warp speed.” @fancyfrancois said, “I feel like they’re stressing me out so I have to do what’s best for my mental health 🤦‍♀️.”

We were certainly rooting for Diggs, as women of color like her are often rare and limited to reaching the top. But no one knows how many trials and tribulations she endured simply because she is a minority.

Despite Diggs’ resignation, we are still defending her and wishing her the absolute success in her next endeavor.


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