Infuse had the opportunity to attend Startup Fashion Week’s Gender & Fashion Forum at WeWork during Startup Fashion Week last week.

          The forum started off with keynote speaker, Kristin Rankin, talking about her company – The Dresscode Project – an alliance of salons providing safer spaces for the LGBTQ community. She created the business after noticing a lack of gender free haircut options within the beauty industry. The Dresscode Project is now a successful online directory of safe and inclusive salons where anyone can feel like themselves while getting their haircut.

Kristin Rankin shot by Jim Orgill

          Following Kristin, the panel of the night featured: the founder of Startup Fashion Week, Jodi Goodfellow; Makeup artist, Jayjay Kings; Drag queen, Tynomi Banks; and inclusive fashion designers, Becca Love and Stacey Gonder. The five talked on their experiences with gender and identity in their personal lives along with in the fashion and beauty industry. They gave insight on their thoughts on what they believe these industries need to do to make them a more inclusive space, and also what consumers can do to help make that change.

Jodi Goodfellow, Jayjay Kings, Becca Love, Stacey Gonder, and Tynomi Banks shot by Tyrone Mitchell.

Jodi Goodfellow, Jayjay Kings, and Stacey Gonder shot by Tyrone Mitchell.

          It was a very inspirational and eye-opening panel and Infuse is thankful to have been apart of something so important.

Written by Cara Presta

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