Two New Judges Join CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund — & It's A Win For Diversity

Over the summer, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund judge Eva Chen shared an Instagram photo of her fellow judges as they began to deliberate who would take home the grand prize of $400,000 — igniting a firestorm in comments about the lack of diversity on the judging panel.Seated at a long table were 10 judges with the future of the fashion industry in their hands: five women and five men; three were of Asian descent, and all extremely fair-skinned. From Anna Wintour to Diane von Furstenberg, the group is comprised of fashion veterans who are very much a part of Vogue ’s insular world.Refinery29 reached out to the CFDA in August to ask if the organization recognizes diversity beyond racial and gender identities (see: ability, size, socioeconomic background), and if there has ever been a Latinx or Black judge involved with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund; a representative for the organization declined to comment. The next morning, however, they followed up to note that Black designer Patrick Rob