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Emma Watson joins board of Kering, owner of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent

UN Goodwill Ambassador and Harry Potter star Emma Watson has joined the board of directors at Kering, owner of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

At 30-years-old, Watson is the youngest board member of the luxury goods company’s board.

A long-time environmental activist, Watson will be leading Kering’s sustainability committee. “For me, sustainability is about the effects of today’s actions on our shared future,” she told Vogue. “As the youngest member of Kering’s board, I hope to influence decisions that will impact future generations and the world that we leave them.”

Watson has shown her support for sustainable fashion on the red carpet in the past. At the 2016 Met Gala, she wore a Calvin Klein dress made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. She’s also a supporter for Good On You, an app that rates brands for their ethical and sustainable practices.

“As the COVID-19 crisis has shown, sustainability is an urgent issue which closely aligns to questions of justice and equality for women, black, indigenous and people of colour, and the environment,” said Watson. “The work Kering is doing [in advancing sustainability in fashion] feels more vital than ever and I am extremely grateful to be able to join these efforts, putting my support behind a group who are demonstrating they take this responsibility seriously.”

The news comes following Kering’s announcement that the company would be going carbon neutral across its operations and supply chain. Watson is joined by Jean Liu and Tidjane Thiam as new board members.

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Sandra Oh opens up about lack of diversity on Killing Eve set

In an interview with Kerry Washington in Variety magazine’s Actors on Actors series, Sandra Oh expressed her experience with a lack of diversity in British television.

Oh described being on set for Killing Eve in which she plays the lead role, saying “being the sole Asian person is a very familiar place for me”.

“The UK, I’m not afraid to say, is behind. [It’s] very exciting when someone comes on set.”

Oh says the development of people behind the camera is very slow in the UK. “Sometimes it would be me and 75 white people and I have not come from that,” she said.

She explained that filming for Killing Eve in the UK made her more aware of the differences and revealed why she wants to talk about it publicly now.

“I’ve got to tell you. Even more than that, I think being the only American on that set [for Killing Eve], in Europe, informed me more than the physicality. I’ve not even really talked about this, but there is something about constantly feeling like the observer or the outsider.”

Oh talked about her experience playing Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy in the role that propelled her into stardom. She says race was not talked about and was never incorporated into the story, which is what makes her so passionate to focus on diversity today.

“When we did Grey’s, for at least the first 10 seasons we would not talk about race. We would not go into race, and that was purposeful. And, whatever, it was the right thing to do when it was. In Season 3, Burke and Cristina were getting married and there were the two mothers, the Asian mother and the Black mother, and I’m like, ‘Come on, there is a lot of story that we can do here!’ But they didn’t want to touch it, for whatever reason. Now my interest is much more in bringing that story in.”

She explained that there is a stark difference between diversity in the US and the UK.

“I have not come from that in my film career, which has been much more independent, mostly working with women and women of colour. And my relationship with television – and in the United States – hasn’t necessarily been all white,” she said.

Oh’s comments reiterate those made by director Steve McQueen who recently expressed his own thoughts about diversity in British television, saying “UK TV and film industries need to challenge their own blatant racism”.

He explained being on set in the UK was hard, describing it as “shameful”.

“Last year, I visited a TV-film set in London, and it felt like I had walked out of one environment, the London I was surrounded by, into another, a place that was alien to me… The UK is so far behind in terms of representation, it’s shameful,” he said.

“The stark reality is that there is no infrastructure to support and hire BAME crew. And there is no infrastructure because there hasn’t been enough will or urgency to put it in place.”

It is not the first time the lack of diversity in Killing Eve has been addressed. 

Questions were raised by the public after one of the series’ writers, Kayleigh Llewellyn recently posted a picture of the team who wrote the latest series in a Zoom meeting on Twitter. 

The photo shows nine writers, all of which were white. This went viral as viewers questioned why there was no diversity in the writing team.

“With Sandra Oh literally making history as the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes and they can’t hire one non-white person to help pen the story behind the scenes?” one person asked.

The backlash caused Llewellyn to delete the post and we are seeing actions being taken towards better established diversity in the UK.

According to The Independent, the BBC has pledged to spend £100m on diversity and inclusiveness over the next few years.