Meet The Unplug Collective, The Black Womxn Platform Taking On The Fashion Industry
If you’ve been slowly losing your faith in humanity over the course of 2020, a visit to the Unplug Collective might just restore it. Founded in 2019 by university student Amanda Taylor, the radically inclusive digital platform functions as a space for womxn of colour to reckon with body discrimination and mental health issues – centring the “the lived experiences of Black women and Black gender-expansive people”, per its mission statement. Scrolling through the comments on its Instagram page alone is enough to make you remember that the internet can, in fact, be a force for good.
Taylor originally started Unplug as a blog during her first year at Barnard College, in response to the “disconnect between the perfect lives on social media and my friends’ reality”, she explains via Zoom from her native Kingston, Jamaica. Instead of foregrounding her own experiences, however, she called out for pitches on her social media accounts. “[I said] I just want this to be a space where people can speak freely and not have to worry about pitching to these big publications that might turn down their work, especially in a space where, you know, a lot of white people have connects to these big orgs.” Within a few months, she had hundreds of stories, and Unplug had grown from a side project into a full-blown digital platform.
Today, the website and its social media channels are managed remotely by a team of seven. “We’re very much about reimagining the workplace,” Taylor says. “It’s all digital ...
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