Gucci Hires Its First Head Of Inclusion, Following The “Blackface” Sweater Controversy

Did I hear someone scream “inclusivity” from afar by any chance?

Chidozie Obasi

Gucci has officially hired its first global head of equality, diversity and inclusion, as reported by Forbes. The move follows the provocative occurrence of the “blackface” sweater, hitting worldwide tabloids earlier this year. The appointment was referred Renée Tirado, who has formerly acted as the chief diversity and inclusion officer for Major League Baseball.

Despite Gucci doesn’t place itself as first luxury label making strives to better its “sundry” practice — Chanel, Burberry, and Prada have all made inclusivity-centric hires this year. Undoubtedly, this shows that the brand is taking its blunder into consideration quite seriously.

“I am in the business of making human connections that start with the foundations of inclusivity, respect, and diversity to ensure Gucci remains culturally relevant and economically competitive,” remarks Tirado in an official statement attained by The Independent.

She further commented: “I am honoured to join a company that puts these non-negotiable values at the forefront of their business model, not as a ‘nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy.”

Furthermore, earlier this year Gucci flung a full diversity and inclusion plan that included a multi-cultural change in hires, a prestigious design scholarship program, and more. At the time, Dapper Dan named the initiative “imperative” for the black community.


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