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Model Ashley B. Chew, at NYFW 2015, carried a tote painted with the words “Black Models Matter,” calling for diversity on the runway and behind the scenes in fashion. In an interview with Fashionista, Chew said, “The fashion industry is really cutthroat. … Light, medium or dark—you’re going to be treated as Black … it’s been an issue for a while. There’s nothing worse than getting turned down for your natural composition.” With #BlackLivesMatter front of mind (as it should be), this issue of VITA is devoted in large part to celebrating the Black community, from our cover (Samile Bermannelli in Balmain by creative director Olivier Rousteing) to our shopping roundup to our wine column. Plus, we’ve provided ample promo space to Canadian POC-owned brands. Join us in lifting these individuals and businesses up. It will make for a more wonderful world now, and for generations to come.