Diary: Fashion is more diverse than it used to be, but I still have to change to fit in


ESIGNER and artist Osman Yousefzada say that despite the fashion industry’s progress on diversity, “I’m still codechanging” – a term for using a different way of speaking in different places.

Yousefzada, who started her career in 2008 and has presented several shows at London Fashion Week, grew up in a poor area of ​​Birmingham. His parents were both illiterate.

He said his visits to his mother, who died this year, had focused his thoughts. “It was really in the forefront of my mind to go to that ghetto… [and] come back to London, a different world with celebrities and art exhibitions,” he said.

Yousefzada’s new book, The Go-Between, has been hailed by Stephen Fry as “one of the great childhood memoirs”. The designer said, “When I started…you [couldn’t] really talk about your background.

He added that he had even encountered difficulties in asking for more diverse models. “It was always like, ‘You have to pay more because it’s a lot harder to find all these people you want’.” He said being asked to pay more for diversity “actually seemed really pretty crazy.”

Yousefzada added of his book “everything really comes from the eyes of a child, looking out, looking at a world that’s super messed up and layered and you don’t know where anything is.” He added that he basically presents it as a community of migrants who are super Orthodox but they end up in this kind of crazy red-light district on the wrong side of the tracks”.

Evaristo’s heckling

Bernardin Evaristo

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BERNARDINE EVARISTO had a rowdy past life. In her early twenties, she and her acting school pals would descend on London theaters and start screaming. “It wouldn’t have been anything like ‘garbage!’ because it was political heckling,” says the Booker Prize-winning author, left. Instead, chances are they’ll be shouting ‘racist!’ or ‘sexist!’ probably wouldn’t do the same now, she tells The New Yorker that she has sympathy for those who are blocked online. “We need those people who will just throw a verbal hand grenade.” Boom.

Where to find Williamson fans…

Gavin Williamson

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GAVIN WILLIAMSON is big in Somaliland – very big. He recently hosted a ‘Gavin Williamson Appreciation Day’ for the Tory MP after he led a parliamentary debate over recognition of the territory. It is currently a region of Somalia, but argues that it should be an independent state. Williamson declined to say how he felt about being celebrated, but told us it underscored “the importance of the issue of Somaliland recognition…now is the time for the UK Government to change policy”. Attorney.

Britpop’s debt to John Le Carré

Graham Coxon

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GUITARIST Graham Coxon, above, revealed there was a clandestine back-channel between his band Blur and rivals Oasis during the Britpop battles. “There was someone working around Oasis and someone working around Blur, making sure the releases were staggered, so we didn’t step on each other’s toes,” Coxon told the podcast. Rockonters, adding, “It was like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or WWII. Crafty.

The composer’s music “brought the royal family to tears”

THE composer of two pieces of music released yesterday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee says they moved members of the Royal Family to tears. Loretta Kay-Feld, a Hackney-born composer who lives in Israel, says someone “close to the Queen” approached her to ask her to create the pieces, titled 70 Years a Queen and The Queen’s Soliloquy. “I read a book about the queen and took a walk along the cliffs near my house… and when I got home I sat down and wrote it all down. A composition has to come from your heart and your mind,” she told the Jewish Chronicle. A palpable blow.


John McDonnel

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MICHAEL GOVE’s long-awaited Leveling Up white paper last week reminded a Labor adviser of his 2017 policy. Gove said the plan represented the “biggest transfer of power from Whitehall… in modern times”.

Five years ago John McDonnell, above, then Labor Shadow Chancellor, announced their plan for the North would be the ‘biggest transfer of power from London…since the Industrial Revolution’. McDonnell offers this mess to the Londoner: “One of many ideas the Tories have stolen from me, but they’re still so pathetically lukewarm they’re doomed.” Write it down, Mr. Gove?


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