“Push the ideas and then draw a way in.” Pat McGrath once told me that; such resistance and persistence enabled her to become the most in-demand makeup artist in the world. Recently, her namesake product line hit $1 billion in sales, making her the first African American woman to do so. Being the first at something, especially in the fashion industry, means more when the pioneer comes from a marginalized community. It means someone cultivated change in a space where newness wasn’t encouraged or welcomed. The fashion industry has seen an internal reckoning in recent seasons; diversity of all kinds is flourishing, and once-hushed voices are now being heard. But that’s also exactly what has those on the inside and out are so afraid: that it will be just a blip in time, a fad. Read more at Refinery 29.