Maacah Davis, editor-in-chief and creative director of Belladonna magazine, starts out her speech on diversity by considering what her life would have been like if she had grown up in America, where the media glorifies whiteness and fails to properly represent people of color.
Citing a Cosmopolitan article that stated that a series of mostly blonde and white women were deemed the "10 most beautiful women in the world," Davis exposes the deliberate exclusion of people of color in the media, and the perpetuation of racist narratives that often limits their exposure to "tribal" or other offensive settings.
By telling her audience of the confusion she's faced when marketing her own magazine, which often features non-white models, Davis speaks offers insights on how deeply problematic the lack of diversity in the media is. With her speech on diversity, she reminds her audience to always be critical of what they consume, and to recognize their biases.
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