Fashion's Diversity Dilemma: Here's The Truth! with Shawn PeanGuilty Privilege

Fashion's Diversity Dilemma: Here's The Truth! with Shawn Pean

While the fashion world is known for its groundbreaking aesthetics, it has often lagged behind in embracing diversity in its leadership roles. Today, Shawn Pean, the creative genius behind an absolutely fabulous fashion brand, June79, will walk you through the highs and lows of being a heterosexual black man in this field and highlight the importance of staying true to yourself while navigating it.

Shawn doesn't shy away from discussing the stark underrepresentation of black leaders in fashion, in fact, he's on a mission to change that narrative, advocating for more diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry. His story is a testament to resilience and a deep commitment to amplifying diverse voices.

Inside the episode, Shawn offers a sneak peek into how the fashion industry is evolving. He's a strong believer in the power of adaptability and diversity, especially in response to changing norms and he encourages us to value the fresh perspectives of younger generations, recognizing their vital role in shaping the future of fashion. Shawn’s Guilty Privilege? He refuses to feel guilty about his intelligence and eloquence, and we couldn't agree more – because he's making incredible contributions to the fashion world.

June79 is Shawn’s brainchild and is all about versatile and stylish fashion, the kind that makes you feel confident and comfy in any situation. This episode isn't just about fashion; it's a deep dive into diversity and the wonderful impact of Sean's work. So get ready for a chat that's as warm and inspiring as it is informative.


-Recognize and leverage your privileges to make a positive impact on the world

-It's vital to be authentic while adapting your communication style as needed

-Clothes aren't just garments, they convey your emotions and should help you feel your best

-Your appearance should communicate your message effectively

-Don't judge based on logos or clothing

-Listen to the younger generation: They shape the future and their perspectives matter

-Embrace your intelligence, it's an asset in any setting


"And one of the things for me, I think that led to my success, I never took anything personal." - Shawn Pean

"The biggest call outs are how are we making people feel." -Shawn Pean

"I always say have the courage to listen to the youth." -Shawn Pean

"We tend to undervalue the power that they have and they tend to undervalue the influence that we have." -Amber Cabral


Shawn Pean | June79

IG | @mr.shawn.p

Twitter | @peanshawn

Facebook | @shawn.pean.9

Amber Cabral

IG | @bamcabral

LinkedIn | @ambercabral

Facebook | @amber.cabral

Twitter | @BamCabral

Grab a copy of Amber’s books at Amazon!

Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture

Say More About That: ...And Other Ways to Speak Up, Push Back, and Advocate for Yourself and Others

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Just finished the first episode (whispers: via YouTube) and I was NOT ready for the conversation to end. So I came on over to the apple podcast streets to subscribe and listen again on my commute to work. While this is not the work I’m exclusively dedicated to, I want to increase awareness around equity so I can be more intentional in my practice personally and professionally. This conversation is an absolute resource that I have the PRIVILEGE (time) to tap into and I look forward to digging into new episodes every week.

Guilty Privilege

Amber has a genuine ability to bring out the authentic aspects of topics that many of us must want to sit down and have a conversation about! Refreshing, compelling and yes, entertaining — can’t wait for each episode to drop and I even feel more equipped to expand on these topics in my own circle!

Guilty Privilege

Wow! I couldn’t get enough of this. Wished it were longer. The conversation is real, authentic and can absolutely be life changing if you soak the info in. Just finished listening to the episode with Tieko Nejon on emotional intelligence and Amber asked the best questions. Tieko answered so thoughtfully and broke it allll the way down for us. Kudos to both of you. I am sharing this podcast with so many people.

Guilty Privilege

Great listen/watch. People really underrate how important emotional intelligence is in business. Hopefully more people will listen and utilize some of the information shared.
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