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Janice Deul

Janice Deul is an Afro Dutch publicist, activist & DEI advisor with a background in journalism. She studied Dutch linguistics and literature at Leiden University and advocates since 2011 for an inclusive and socially safe climate in fashion, media and the creative/cultural industry. She does so via her inspirational platform Diversity Rules, via talks, media workshops, lectures, appearances on radio & tv and as lead or member of taskforces and advisory committees. Janice writes regularly for NRC newspaper and is columnist for feminist magazine Opzij.

She is also an enthusiastic op-ed author. Her critical De Volkskrant piece in regard to the intended translator of Amanda Gorman’s ‘The Hill we Climb’, led to an international polemic in 2021. In the same year ‘Voices of Fashion’ was on display, in Centraal Museum Utrecht. This multi-disciplinary exhibit, passionately co-curated by Janice Deul, was aimed to celebrate Black couture, beauty & styles, as well as to raise awareness of colonialism’s long-term effects in relation to concepts like fashion and beauty standards. She is currently working as creative director for the Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam. Her new book Keti Koti (Surinamese for ‘the chains are cut’) is due to be published June 1 by Ambo Anthos. It is a both a personal plea and a practical guide about the July 1 memorial: the celebration and commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the former Dutch colonies Surinam and former Netherlands Antilles.

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