Bethann Hardison turned an early job as a salesperson in New York City’s Garment District into a successful career in modeling and agency management. She reflects on her journey on a new episode of “What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito,” which aired yesterday (September 12)—the final day of New York Fashion Week.


Hardison shares stories of her childhood and career alongside reflections on the fashion industry’s struggles with racism. For instance, she recalls writing a letter in 2013 that admonished brands for the exclusion of Black and other models of color from runways and campaigns:

I called out, I mean, a lot of people. But never saying that they were racist, just saying that, whether you intend [it] or not, if you continue to use one model of color, or none, for two or seasons [in a row], then the result is racism. And that changed things immediately.

Listen to the episode, which includes a call from Hardison’s mentee Tyson Beckford, below: