W magazine released a moving video Friday with designers, models, photographers, and fashion heavy-hitters proclaiming: “I am an immigrant" in opposition to President Trump's travel ban.
The video features faces from all over fashion sphere including Adriana Lima, Grace Coddington, Diane Von Furstenberg, Joseph Altuzarra, and Doutzen Kroes. The minute-long video was shot between breaks at a very busy New York Fashion week.
“Designers are expressing empathy, joy, everybody is treating the current political climate in their own way. There's not one way to respond to today. There's not one way you can celebrate or you can protest,” said Edward Enninful, creative and fashion director at W magazine.
The response to President Trump's Muslim ban was apparent throughout New York Fashion week this year, where designers and attendees took time to express their political stances wearing t-shirts with “Feminst AF” written across the chest, “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” pins attached to some of fashion's most elite, and Muslim models encouraged to wear their hijab on the runway.
“Being a Muslim model, you know how xenophobic people can be,” said model Jaharrah Ali. “By me saying, 'My name is Jaharrah Ali, and I am an immigrant,' I'm saying that everything in my life, everything I've done in the last 28 years has been important."
“I think fashion is actually not doing enough and not making enough statements,” said Polish model Anja Rubik.
“Fashion has the power to actually create trends—not just trends like, 'What's in: blue or red?' but social statements and social trends. So the fashion world should be even more engaged.”