Calls for diversity and inclusion are frequently sounded in this industry, but all too often the response comes up short where it especially matters: behind the camera. It was until only very recently that a cover of American Vogue was shot by a Black photographer, Tyler Mitchell. That was just in 2018, which means it took only 126 years for it to happen in that august publication’s lifetime. Much work needs to be done, which makes i-D Nº358 particularly enticing for its impressive 22-page story orchestrated by Binx Walton along with photographer Liz Johnson Artur, stylist Syndey Rose Thomas, and hair stylist Tasha Miles. Together these four women of color collaborated to celebrate the diversity of hair and beauty of braiding in New York City. This series is refreshing and original. What is more, the story unfolds without any pretense, it simply gets on with the business of excellence without ever bothering to whack the reader over the head about how important it is. Nah, others talk, but Binx Walton glides over the page and through this world doing the sorts of things this industry would do well to emulate.

Anok Yai also features in this story. Visit i-d.co.

Credits include: Publication, i-D Nº358 Winter 2019; Title, “1”; Photography, Liz Johnson Artur; Styling, Sydney Rose Thomas; Hair, Tashana Miles at The Chair Salon; Makeup, Miguel Ramos using Dior Makeup.

Binx Walton | i-D Winter 2019 (Photography: Liz Johnson Artur)

Binx Walton | i-D Winter 2019 (Photography: Liz Johnson Artur)