Plus, new report shows progress towards elimination of plastic pollution.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

The Black photographers leading the way in fashion
Fashion's most powerful magazine covers have long been dominated by white photographers, that is until Tyler Mitchell became the first African-American photographer to have his work on the cover of Vogue in 2018. In his book "The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion," curator and critic Antwaun Sargent highlights the Black perspective that has been erased from mainstream art and fashion spaces. {The Cut}

Is real fur more planet-friendly?
Attitudes towards fur are constantly evolving: What was once the pinnacle of luxurious fashion materials is now banned in several cities and states. However, using natural fur, which decomposes into the earth, is more sustainable than synthetic faux fur. Fashion's problem now seems to be finding a way to make the use of animal products ethical. {Harper's Bazaar}

Inside the Botox-owned beauty publication 
Spotlyte appears to be just like any other online beauty publication, but with an abundance of stories about cosmetic procedures. This is because Spotlyte is owned by Allergan, the company that makes aesthetic treatments such as Botox, Juvéderm and Coolsculpting. With little divide between the editorial and business teams, Spotlyte's ethics are spotty. {Business of Fashion}

New report shows progress towards elimination of plastic pollution
In 2018, several brands signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the UN Environment, to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source level. Brands initially included Burberry, H&M, L'Oreal, Inditex, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, Target and Unilever. A new progress report on the commitment reveals development towards eliminating plastic pollution. {Fashionista inbox}

Kith investor bids on Barneys
Kith investor Sam-Ben Avraham has submitted a $260 million bid on Barneys New York, which will most likely keep five of its locations open. Barneys will evaluate Avraham's bid to determine if it will compete with the leading bid by Authentic Brands Group at the auction on Monday. {WWD}

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