A discourse on the importance of
Black Canadian identities
in fashion, design, culture & media

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, MODECANADAROCKS x MELANI Beauty presented the digital Zoom event – BLACK CANADIAN STYLE: HERE’S THE THING… A discourse on the importance of Black Canadian identities in fashion, design, culture and media.

The panel of eleven Black Canadian heavy hitters, Moderated by Anjli Patel, shared personal experiences, across themes: Creative Identities, Black Lives Matter, Data Collection & Hiring Practices and Content Creation; building toward the end goal of proposing a way forward

Thank you to everyone who tuned in. We’re sharing here a series, of four 20-minute episodes, focused on each of the themes  above.

Please let’s continue the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn by following @modecanadarocks and using the hashtag #BlackCanadianStyle.

Click HERE to watch more episodes, the entire conversation; and to comment on YouTube.

Please scroll down to learn more about out panelists…

Vanessa Craft
Vanessa CraftEditor-in-Chief, ELLE Canada
As the Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Canada, Vanessa Craft fuses the values and vision of a global fashion magazine brand with a passionate drive to empower women to pursue and live their dreams. An award-winning journalist, she holds the distinction of becoming the first Black Editor-in-Chief of any ELLE magazine around the world.
Steve Carty
Steve CartyPhotographer | Videomaker
Carty makes pictures that are understated, modern and honest. He’s able to capture remarkably personable and raw moments of beauty and depth of truth. Based in Toronto, Carty works across North America, with frequent stops in the UK, Europe and Central America. His works are published in prominent magazines and books.
Aleece Wilson
Aleece WilsonModel, Elite Model Management
Aleece Wilson is a passionate advocate for social justice, #BLM and anti-bullying. Her unique beauty and multi-ethnic heritage has been pioneering change since her breakout FW17 season. Her first show season included Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Martin Margiela, Erdem and Yeezy. She has since worked with industry heavy hitters including Pat McGrath, MAC, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Mert & Marcus.
Natasha Bruno
Natasha BrunoBeauty Director, FASHION Magazine
Natasha Bruno is the Beauty Director of FASHION magazine. As a writer and editor, Natasha is passionate about telling stories with an intersectional and inclusive lens.
Celia Sears
Celia SearsFounder and President, SHOW DIVISION, Milan
Celia Sears is founder and President of SHOW DIVISION, Milan, the leader in providing backstage creative support and logistics on the most important fashion shows and productions worldwide.
George Sully
George SullyFootwear Designer | Principal - Black Designers of Canada
Known as the maker of the Star-Trek Starfleet boot, Bata Shoe Museum inductee, Sully is also the creator of Black Designers of Canada, private label design agency Shoeonado, co-founder of House of Hayla and men’s shoe brand Sully Wong.
Lana Ogilvie
Lana OgilvieFashion Model | Founder, Lana Ogilvie Skincare
Ogilvie was the First Black model to sign an exclusive contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics in 1992 and appeared on more Canadian fashion magazine covers the any other. She was a segment producer and on camera host for Fashion Television in the 2000s, and jewelry designer for Sabre Jewelry.
Sabaa Quao
Sabaa QuaoEntrepreneur, Co-Founder Wealthie Works Daily Inc., Filminute, and Newsrooms
Career entrepreneur with a passion for creativity in business, Quao has built, managed, and collaborated with creative, editorial, and technology-driven teams in over a dozen countries. He has been at the helm of many Canadian firsts when it comes to the launch of new brands.
Richard Campbell
Richard CampbellFashion & Beauty Director, Campaign & Editorial, Judy Inc.
Former model, Richard Campbell is director of fashion and beauty campaigns and editorials at talent management agency Judy, Inc., prior to which he was agency director at Elmer Olsen Model Management.
Charmaine Gooden
Charmaine GoodenProfessor | Author | Former Beauty/Health Editor, CHATELAINE Magazine
Charmaine Gooden is one of Canada’s pioneering Black Creatives, with over 30 years experience in the fashion and beauty industry, and credits as the Beauty/Health Editor Chatelaine , Editor-in-Chief of Images magazine, and Host of The Beauty Guide on W.
Len D. Henry
Len D. HenryCEO, Delectant Media Inc. | Founder, MODECANADAROCKS
Henry is an award-winning forerunner in converging motion, narrative and music, creating unique promotions for Blue chip brands worldwide. He founded MODECANADAROCKS to unite his expanding network in philanthropic opportunities to GIVE BACK.
Anjli Patel
Anjli PatelModerator | Lawyer & Trademark Agent
Anjli Patel has devoted her legal practice to helping independent designers understand their rights, know their worth, and navigate all areas of the law that impact their fashion business, including contract, employment, and intellectual property.
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