BLACK VOICES
10/23/2012 03:22 pm ET Updated Dec 23, 2012

Bridal Industry Dominated By White Women (VIDEO)

Conde Nast recently made history by hiring Keija Minor to be editor-in-chief of Brides magazine, making her the first person of color to ever hold the title at a Condé Nast magazine.

The lack of diversity on the mastheads is reflected in the magazines themselves, as Alicia Menendez discussed with a panel recently on HuffPost Live.

"Pick up a mainstream bridal magazine, or peruse wedding blogs, and you'll likely notice a lack of racial and ethnic diversity among the models and 'real brides' used to personify the most special day of your life," Menendez said. "The homogeneity of mainstream bridal seems to be a well agreed-upon phenomenon, and many sites for non-white brides (along with Goth brides and nerd brides and broke brides and practical brides) have sprung up to fill the void."

Menendez said that it wasn't until page 58 of a recent issue of Brides that she even found a photo of a black bride.

HuffPost Weddings Associate Editor Stephanie Hallett, Bridal Guide Magazine Associate Editor Jim Duhe, Munaluchi Bride Magazine CEO Jacqueline Nwobu, bridal designer Vatana Watters and newlywed Tiffany Linzan joined Menendez to discuss.

Watch the full segment at HuffPost Live.