Venables Bell & Partners CCO Apologizes for Digitized Blackface Image Posted in 2015

The agency, which recently hired a diversity adviser, says it is committed to addressing systemic racism

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Venables Bell & Partners has recently hired a diversity and inclusion adviser. Venables Bell & Partners / Canva

Will McGinness, chief creative officer at agency Venables Bell & Partners, apologized for a photo of himself in digitized blackface from 2015, which had remained live on his Instagram account as recently as June 15. McGinness’s Instagram page now appears as “unavailable,” indicating he has deleted his account.

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