Stylist Magazine recently made a grand announcement on their Instagram page, introducing their “diversity manifesto”. It reads:

We will ensure every piece of beauty editorial is relevant to women of all skin tones and hair type

Stylist Magazine

This declaration was accompanied by the following hash tags – #beauty #stylish #diversity #equality

The comments section gave enough food for thought for a research paper. I’ve selected some interesting comments for publication on Stylish Academic, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Finally! I usually skip those pages – @thestylemerchants

Well done Stylist Magazine…about time someone did it!!! – @anitachic23

Great move! Finally, someone not just “speaking” diversity but acting it out -@the_emerald_lass

Stylist just keeps getting better and better. About time a company realises the world isn’t divided into black and white anymore. – @shannabent

…Yes!!! We definitely need more diversity in the media. I hope magazines like Vogue & Elle will follow suit – @saintbina

THIS is why I love Stylist. I’m white, and I get bloody bored of seeing the same white skin everywhere. Variety makes me feel better! P.s. enough of using black models for the ‘sporty’, ‘tribal’, or ‘urban’ shoots too! Well done Stylist, bravo. – @katievjenner

THEN  someone introduced a new twist to the argument…

...Why would you need to do that, why can’t you just ensure that your original magazine is relevant to everyone! Now you’ve chosen to segregate what it is that shouldn’t be…again! – @sallie16

What ARE you talking about @sallie16? Very unclear what your point is – @bethfoster

@Sallie16’s response:

Why are they creating a diversity manifesto when they should just make sure that it is relevant to everyone in the first place? As @katievjenner mentioned, “enough using black models for sporty tribal shoots.” If you are aware that diversity is missing, don’t tell me you are going to fix it, by have a manifesto “just for you”! (sic). What that is telling me is that you are not going to stop using the “old formula” of non-diverse models, but just have a section for diverse models. By creating a diversity manifesto, you aren’t erasing the problem, you are now just creating a ‘coloured only’ section. Makes sense? – @sallie16

@vintage_script then came and took the discussion to a whole new level of “diversity” and “equality”. She comments:

You’ve been knocking around since 2008/9 and your target audience seems to be the London commuter. The strive for equality and diversity were on people’s radar many moons ago, so for a relatively young publication I find it strange (shaking my head) you put out a show stopping /headline grabbing diversity statement in 2015.?! Telling us it’s a fashion industry-wide problem is very old news. I really like your magazine – I read it most weeks as I travel on the tube, but I also read Shortlist. I always wondered why there’s a magazine for the boys and one for the girls. – @vintage_script

Please have your say. What do you think about S T Y L I S T’s new move?