Models are uniquely poised to become fantastic activists because they are some of the few women who have very direct access to media. Especially on the issue of climate change, our voices are important and powerful. Fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world, but it's also one of the biggest and most influential, that's why if we can change how our industry works we have the potential to make an enormous difference and lead the way to a sustainable future.
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MODEL ACTIVIST NIGHT 12/2016
This night wasn't about politics, it was about compassion -- building our power to be compassionate to ourselves and others by strengthening our community and trust in each other.
Co-hosts: Ebonee Davis, Maya Monés, Geena Rocero, Anja Rubik, Andreea Dicanou, Nimue Smit, Ainé Campbell, Jess Perez, Kenza Fourati, Carolyn Murphy, Gelila Belke, Grace Bol, and Saabrina Jetli
- 120 models participated in story-telling and resource mapping exercises to kickstart community and creativity
EARTH DAY IN FASHION 4/22/2016
At Materials for the Arts in conjunction with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Models included: Hari Nef, Maryna Linchuk, London Meyers, Lana Zakocela, Inga Eiriksdottir, Aine Rose, Kel Markey, Nimue Smit, Barbara di Creddo, Alana Zimmer, Dimphy Janse, Mika Van Winkle, Dani Seitz, Chantal StanfordAbott, Briy Gilgeous, Nejilka Arias, Angel Rutledge, Laura Kampan, Marinet Mathee, Adrian John Hurtado, Sigrun and Edda
Photography: Mei Tao
- Posts tagged on Instagram reached over 7.6 million people and over 800 took the time to comment
- We got press in Glamour Magazine and on NY1 and on the @thecut and @instagram
- New designers signed up to donate!
PEOPLE'S PILGRIMAGE 10//2016
17 models marched in the Brooklyn People's Pilgrimage including Lily Donaldson, Bella Hadid, Toni Garrn, Grace Bol, Arlenis Sosa, Aya Jones, Luma Grothe, Stella Maxwell, Barbara Palvin, and Irina Liss. With a combined 8 million followers, sharing their support for an international agreement on climate change spread quickly (and was picked up by i-D and Vogue). Photos: Mei Tao
#FLOWER CHALLENGE 12/2015
In September during the UN General Assembly, together with Inez and Vinoodh, Vogue, and director Damani Baker, we profiled and photographed (holding flowers) 13 of the most influential women working to save the planet from climate change. On the launch of the biggest climate conference ever, the #COP21, we asked to show their support by posting selfies holding flowers with the text: "A reminder that life is beautiful, fragile, and connected. Post a pic with a flower and show your love for our natural world. End climate change now! #FlowerChallenge #COP21"
Models included: Christy Turlington, Kendall Jenner, Doutzen Kroes, Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Lily Donaldson, Lily Adlridge, Irina Shayk, Karen Elson, Maryna Linchuk, and dozens of others
#LIGHT THE WAY VIGIL 9/2015🏾
#EARTH TO PARIS MARCH NYC 11/2015
#MARCH WITH ME 9/2014
Campaign to invite friends and followers to the People's Climate March (more photos here)
SUPERMODELS TAKE IT OFF FOR CLIMATE CHANGE 9/2009
Viral video rallying support for 350.orgs day of action leading up to the COP15 in Copenhagen. Learn more about this project here.
CREDITS // Models: Rachel Alexander, Shannon Click, Hanne Gaby, Olya Ivanisevic, Cameron Russell, Alla Kostromicheva, Heidi Mount, Crystal Renn, Rianne Ten Haken, and Nicole Trunfio. Director: Damani Baker. Writer: Cameron Russell. Photography: Andrew Zuckerman. Stylist: Shandi Alexander. Hair: Kevin Ryan. Make up: Jesse Lawson & Fara Homidi. Producer: Cameron Russell & Alex Vlack. Editor: Casey Brooks. Music: Teenage Prayers. Special thanks: Christana Tran & Heather Hughes.