Founded by Kenya Hunt in 2015, R.O.O.M. Mentoring works to tackle the fashion industry’s persistent lack of racial diversity on a grassroots level. During the course of her career spanning roles as Deputy Editor of ELLE UK to Deputy Editor of Grazia UK, Kenya Hunt realised the urgent need to help students and entry-level professionals of colour get a foot on the career ladder and progress within the fashion industry.

So she enlisted peers — Black and brown women and men with thriving careers in fashion — to mentor students of marginalised backgrounds from London’s top fashion schools including Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Arts and London College of Fashion. She paired students with editors, publicists, academics and stylists from brands including ELLE, i-D, Vogue, Karla Otto, Burberry, Michael Kors, and more.

And through sustained work with each student, R.O.O.M.’s mentees have gone on to secure roles at The Telegraph, Grazia, Vogue, Glamour, Refinery29, The Sunday Times Style, Farfetch and more — and gone on to be selected for Fashion East and British Fashion Council NEWGEN. R.O.O.M. is proud that some of its mentees have gone on to become mentors, sharing their knowledge with new students who have joined the group. For context, listen to Kenya’s BBC Radio 4 documentary about fashion’s race problem in the UK, and R.O.O.M.
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