Model Citizens: Join us for a Panel Discussion on Diversity & Fashion Magazines at Word On The Street

My very first WORN shift was at the 2010 Word On The Street Festival — I handed out flyers and discussed roller derby names with Hillary Wornette. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to write about the fashion of classic horror films, preach the gospel of WORN to some of my favorite writers, and make some truly distasteful penis jokes.

It seems only fitting that my favorite project so far falls on the one year anniversary of my time as a Wornette. I am beyond excited to announce that WORN will be leading a panel discussion on Diversity & Fashion Magazines at Toronto’s 2011 The Word On The Street Festival. Please join our lovely editors, Serah-Marie McMahon and G. Stegelmann, as they lead a panel of brilliant women in what is sure to be an engaging and thoughtful conversation. Our guests are:

ELIZABETH ST. PHILIP, an award-winning journalist with over 15 years of experience producing documentary and national news stories. Her NFB documentary, The Colour of Beauty explores the fashion industry through the eyes of an ambitious black model. We will be screening a short segment at the panel discussion; the entire film is available on the NFB website.

ANITA CLARKE, the founder and EIC of the popular Toronto fashion blog, I Want – I Got. She’s been called one of Toronto’s most stylish people in 2011, a Toronto Fashion Hero by NOW Magazine, Woman of the Year by She Takes on the World and one of the Worthy 30 by Shinan Govani. She has spoken on the topics of fashion, marketing, public relations, and social media for various television and radio programs as well as print magazines.

IRIS SIMPSON, an influential force in Canadian fashion for more than 30 years. She has built a diverse career working in fashion buying and styling for companies like Holt Renfrew, Yves Saint Laurent, and Creeds. Iris has appeared in Chatelaine, The Toronto Star, and on CityLine. She is currently an instructor for the Ryerson University Continuing Education Program in Fashion Styling.

Diversity & Fashion Magazines will be in The Canadian Magazines Tent from 5:15 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2011. For maps and further information, please visit The Word On The Street website.