SWI was founded in 2018 in response to the varying levels of industry exploitation i experienced behind and in front of the camera over the past decade. first, as a model at the hands of ADIDAS and JEREMY SCOTT a global marketing campaign, in which i did not sign a release authroizing the use of my image, nor was i compensated a single penny.behind the scenes as a wardrobe stylisti experienced exploitation and business abuses that were very traumatizing.
︎ a light bulb clicked when the connection was made between the long standing systemic factors confirmed my experiences. i opened up about my battle with suicide, depression, and substance abuse at our very first SWI meeting. ︎ the clouds opened up. i can proudly say that styling made me and community saved me.
︎ SWI is committed to creating safe spaces and educating freelance QTBIPOC creatives from the substantial harm that lurks behind the scenes. there are countless stories of media abuses that many have suffered in silence for fear of blacklisting. media literacy, safe spaces and community fortify our mission to empower our belief that reclaiming media is a form of reparations.
︎illustration by Debora Cheyenne Cruchon