Hairstylist @TedGibson and his husband and business partner, @JasonBacke, spoke to WWD about racial injustice and the reopening of their “smart” salon, a “COVID-19-safe concept” that’s arguably the beauty shop of the future.
The industry knows Gibson as one of the leading names in the profession, from his work backstage during fashion weeks to his long list of Hollywood clients, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o, Anne Hathaway, Priyanka Chopra and Jessica Chastain, to name a few. He’s also made a number of TV appearances; viewers may remember him best from TLC’s “What Not to Wear.”
Still, Gibson has not garnered many of the accolades of his peers and spoke candidly about the challenges of being a black hairstylist in the fashion and beauty industry.
“I still have not necessarily gotten the recognition from the fashion or the beauty business that I feel I deserve, and I know it’s because I’m black and because I’m gay,” he said as the conversation turned to the recent protests, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, in support of Black Lives Matter.
“Just as an example,” jumped in Backe, “Ted has worked with the most famous, beautiful, well-known, respected women in the world but never once has had an American Vogue cover.”
Gibson agreed: “Vogue always thought of me as a black hairdresser. I’ve done Anna Wintour’s hair. I’ve done her hair several times, but they only ever thought of me as a black hairdresser.”
How can industries improve? “Stop denying it,” he said. “It’s the first part of healing, in racism and segregation. It does exist.” Tap the link in bio for more.