CURRENTLY: finishing work on a book about fashion, intuition, and power, and beginning work on a collection of dialogues on sustainable fashion. Contributed a chapter to Rebecca Walker’s forthcoming anthology Women Write About Money (Simon & Schuster 2020).
Generously supported by: Mesa Refuge.
SHE’LL DO ANYTHING, porter magazine
For as long as I’ve been a model, the highest praise has been, “She’ll do anything”.
CLIMATE WARRIORS, vogue magazine
The United Nations’s top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, is not afraid to cry at work, covertly practices a dance routine to Beyoncé’s “Move Your Body” with her staff, and has played an instrumental role in turning out what is likely to be the most successful climate negotiation in history. [She] is adamant that global warming can be reversed: “It is a choice about what we do with our finance. It is a choice for corporations about the kinds of goods and services that they produce. It is a choice of policy. It’s an institutional choice. It’s a political choice. It’s a technological choice.”
WHAT NOW? A LETTER
DIGITAL DIARY, ID MAGAZINE
"I'm new to learning about the degradation of our planet, and even the basics make me feel off kilter. I just read that we've killed roughly half of the world's non-human animal population and we've destroyed half the world's forests since 1970. I learn that if we keep up this rate of deforestation half of what we have now will be gone in just nine years, and there will be nothing left by 2060. Nothing left? I'll only be 73. It astounds me that so much dying has happened over the course of my lifetime but to me it was totally unobservable. True, I've always lived in cities, but this is - literally - an earth shattering transformation. It's like I don't speak the language of my own planet."
GRASSROOTS PUBLIC ART AND POLITICAL POWER, Emerging Leaders in Public Art Blog Salon
"...people that have been considered politically marginalized often illuminate sites of equality and of hope. Their stories of effecting change from the margins are especially relevant as an increasing majority of Americans find themselves marginalized from our political and economic systems."
Generously sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve come to see modeling not as an endpoint but as a starting point. Not as a pinnacle, or ideal, but as a seed for conversation. Modeling is no better or worse than many other professions, but it is more obvious, more accessible.
When women and other marginalized groups do get access [to the media], they often have to fit into a narrow definition of what the people in charge are looking for. Women are more likely to be portrayed as victims when they get news coverage, and are more likely to be depicted wearing sexy clothing when they are cast in Hollywood’s leading roles.
Women are often worried about how they look and that’s not superficial. We know that our appearance has nothing to do with how smart, creative, or hardworking we are, but it plays powerfully into what society decides we are worth.
The rise of the Internet and the camera phone have started to change what stories are accessible. And we now have the ability to build more participatory media structures. The Internet often comes up with good answers to difficult questions. So I ask: How can we build media platforms accessible to a diversity of content creators?