I am sorry.
This whole thing is new to me. Running a community, a website, and a business. Over the years I been helped by a lot of people, though in the end of the day, I’ve been making the choices and taking risks on my own. Some of them have been good, and in this case, some of them have been terrible mistakes. I’ve always said not to be afraid of making mistakes, but now, I have a healthy fear of them.
My Open Letter was written out of confusion, anger, and a whole host of other emotions I have never felt before. I have never had to deal with controversy directed at me or my work before and felt the pressure nip controversy in the bud. But in reality feelings don’t get resolved in 24 hours. I’m still sifting through emotions, but I do know I never intended on hurting the community I dedicated five years trying to build.
“I’m sorrys” are meaningless without taking action. I have heard the outcry for more diversity in our content, and at IFB we will make a concerted effort to make that happen. This I can promise.
My vision is to help the fashion blogging community. The road ahead is not going to be easier now that bloggers are gaining influence and credibility. I want IFB to be the resource to help bloggers change with the times. I firmly believe we as bloggers have the power to change the conversation, and are doing so every day.
Thank you for being the voice of change. It continues to inspire me to be a better person and to try harder. I hope you forgive my misstep, but let me show you we can change, hopefully together.