Gucci Appoints First Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Previously the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Major League Baseball and the Diversity & Inclusion Director of the United States Tennis Association, Renée Tirado will now lead the luxury Italian fashion brand’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department. According to the Gucci president and CEO Marco Bizzarri, this will put Gucci’s efforts to “put culture — self-expression and inclusivity — at the center of what we do.”


As the new leader of the diversity, equity, and inclusion division, Tirado is expected to develop her own unique team DE&I team and implement changes towards the company’s business initiatives. In addition, Tirado will be catering the company’s image in the Gucci Cultural Awareness Learning Program, Global Multicultural Design Fellowship Program, and many more. 


Not only this, Tirado’s new responsibilities include advocating in the Gucci Changemakers Council, which contains a $5 million fund to empower communities of color and advocate for international gender equity. 


“Diversity is on the agenda of many companies,” Tirado stated, “ I am honored to join a company that puts [inclusivity, respect, and diversity] at the forefront of their business model, not as a ‘nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy.”


Previously, Gucci underwent criticisms for releasing a black turtleneck that can be pulled up over the bottom half of the face to reveal oversize red lips, which has been interpreted as blackface to the public. In order to combat this controversy, the company plans on winning back its consumers with the promotion of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion department. By doing so, these steps can demonstrate Gucci’s social consciousness and efforts to implement more diversity in the luxury fashion world.


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