Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Belle The Magazine is committed to doing that work, and not letting the calls for change fade away #blacklivematters. We believe in Inclusion, diversity, and equity – that everyone is welcomed, regardless of what they look like, where they come from, who they love, or what they believe.
We unequivocally denounce racism and inequality and are committing to positive change as a company for the long haul. We are committing to amplifying black, queer, and people of color voices so that this change is not fleeting but permanent.
Below you’ll find our company commitments to anti-racism.
OUR ACTION ITEMS:
- We commit to SEEK OUT more wedding showcasing BIPOC instead of selecting editorial features from the submissions we receive.
- We vow to PRIORITIZE featuring BIPOC on any submission receive on our site and Instagram feed.
- We vow to continue to EVALUATE our social media platforms, editorial schedule, and advertising lineup to ensure BIPOC are genuinely represented.
- We vow to continue to REACH OUT to BIPOC vendors to showcase their work and their expertise.
- We will actively REACH OUT to brands and partners and ask them to commit to change.
- We NO LONGER FEATURE weddings or styled shoots at plantations or attend events at plantations.
With our high reach on Pinterest, we want to commit to diversifying the platform so BIPOC couples can find wedding planning ideas that reflect them.
- We vow to MENTOR BIPOC businesses to utilize Pinterest Marketing and share their work on the platform in a sustainable and profitable way.
- We vow to DIVERSIFY OUR FEED featuring more BIPOC couples. This would directly tide up to our editorial inclusivity efforts.
Internal operations –
- We will not participate in events (digital or in-person) that don’t make a significant effort to highlight BIPOC voices. If we are asked to participate/speak at an event that doesn’t highlight BIPOC voices, we will educate the event host about why we are declining their offer and how they can do better.
- We commit to continue to HIRE writers, freelancers, interns, and employees who are BIPOC and queer. Currently, 75% of our team is made out of people of color and we plan to keep it this way.
- We will continue WRITING TO ELECTED OFFICIALS to affect change at our state, local, and federal levels.
If you’re a member of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community — thank you for being here. You truly matter to me and to this company. That’s why we’re committed to doing better for you and working to create a society where you not only matter but where you are free from oppressive systems and institutions.
For the rest of our community, I hope you’ll prioritize anti-racism in your own life and business. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we are here for the challenge.