Diversity Straight Up: From Iowa to fashion’s global stage

In the latest episode of CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Alanna Arrington, Anthony’s daughter, about about her life as a global supermodel and diversity and equity issues in the world of high fashion.

“And then you talk about being a biracial woman, in a predominantly white dominated industry, it’s almost impossible to get your hammer going hard enough to crack the shell and get into the big names like Victoria’s Secret and stuff.”

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Season 2 of Diversity Straight Up is brought to you by GreenState Credit Union and sponsored by Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by the city of Cedar Rapids.

About Alanna Arrington:
Born and raised in Iowa, Alanna Arrington is an American fashion model. After moving from Iowa to New York City to pursue a modeling career, she signed worldwide with Next Management and exploded on the fashion scene. She walked more than 50 shows during her debut season, including Louis Vuitton and Chanel. She also has graced the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway. alannaarrington.com

About the hosts:
Sarika Bhakta is president of Nikeya Diversity Consulting and a Certified Diversity Executive with more than 20 years of experience in leadership, management, talent attraction/retention and resource acquisition/development. Born in Gujarat, India and raised in the Midwest, Sarika empowers leaders to identify their authentic self to be successful change agents in today’s global economy.

Anthony Arrington is co-founder and managing partner with Top RANK Professional & Executive Search and Consulting, a search firm focused on helping companies acquire professional and executive-level talent, with a special emphasis on diverse and inclusive leadership. He has more than 20 years of experience in management, strategic planning, leadership and staff development in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.