Ella Dior: "As a united community it’s our responsibility to hold each and every person, despite their status, accountable"
On advocating for real change.
Ella’s story originally appeared in up + rising, a celebration of extraordinary Black voices, and is the first chapter of i-D's 40th anniversary issue (1980-2020).
i-D chronicled over 100 activists and artists, musicians and writers, photographers and creatives, in Atlanta, Baltimore, Minneapolis, LA, London, New York, Paris and Toronto.
“They’ve tried their best to silence us and kill us. They continue to oppress and dismantle our communities. Despite this, we always come back stronger and I believe that as long as we are united we will remain undefeated. As a united community it’s our responsibility to hold each and every person, despite their status, accountable. We will refuse to let black and brown lives lost to injustices go out in vain.
It is our responsibility to protect the children and families being separated from attempting to seek asylum and better opportunities. To stand with Native American communities and never let their history be erased. Until we can ensure every single one of our people can walk the streets of every state in this country safe and protected and as long as systemic racism forces black and brown families to suffer financially, physically, mentally and emotionally our fight will not end. We will make sure that our voices are heard until we get real change.
This is not a moment it is a movement, a revolution, to ensure that we can create a better world for everyone. I believe that if we fight together, we will ensure that we will not lose another brother or sister to police brutality nor systemic racism. We will make sure that we are able to rid this world of any hate and spread nothing but love and peace within all communities. And we will make sure that not only will we get justice but the freedom to live in this country without any fear.”
Photography Justin French
Styling Edward Bowleg III
Hair Suhailah Wali using JASS Products by Janel Sealy Smith.
Make-up Raisa Flowers using Pat McGrath Labs.
Digital technician Tim Hoffman.
Styling assistance DeVante Rollins.
Make-up assistance Ashley Brignolle.
Production Casey Murphy.
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING.
Casting assistance Alexandra Antonova.