If you’ve ever felt that models were just a symbol of capitalist exploitation of the planet, then think again. Activist fashion models abound.
Many models are deeply engaged in working to make sustainable fashion a reality.
We’ve got proof that many models care just as much about the planet as you do and these 12 models are all about making real and effective change in the world around them.
So, let’s meet 12 activist fashion models who are making beautiful change!
Renee Elizabeth Peters
Here’s what Renee says:
When it comes to pollution, we are all connected. There is an invisible toxic thread that links us all. There is no amount of wealth or power, that even the 1% can accumulate, that will protect humans from our toxic waste.
Peters became an activist because she knows that 9 million premature deaths take place each year because of the pollution we export across borders.
Renee is one of our favorite activist fashion models.
Shivani works to build a voice for models in the wider community and has her own podcast “More than Model Radio” which broadcasts from Chicago and features a wide-range of models all campaigning for a better world in their own way.
She is from Trinidad but now lives in Canada when she’s not in the United States working.
Hawa Hassan is a Somali immigrant to the United States and she’s the SHeo of Bas Baas Sauce which is a fully Somali range of sauces and spicy condiments and chutneys. When she’s not making tasty things to eat, she out there campaigning on the topics of prison reform and immigration rights.
Hawa is living proof that hard work can take you anywhere in life.
Lauren is the founder of The New Fashion Initiative which is a sustainable fashion consultancy that looks at how we can all make a difference in the way that we shop for and choose the clothes that we wear.
She wants us all to ask the simple question, “who made my clothes?”
Kayeli Taylor was one of the earliest members of the “Model Mafia” a group designed to help models force positive change in the industries in which they work and she says, “there is so much power in the collective voice of community.”
Another big contributor to fashion events that change the world is Leyna Bloom who took part in the sustainable fashion show of the decade to highlight that fashion can be one of the dirtiest businesses on the planet.
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