Do not underestimate the power of fashion – at once accoutrement and armour – projecting us to the world, while also protecting us. In this, there is unison, a common thread that weaves us together, regardless of where we come from.
Each and every one of us is as human as the next; our innate programming propelling us forward in search of life’s most basic provisions – food, shelter, love, safety and a sense of self and belonging. A list of needs as logical as it is simple. We all have dreams and hopes, fears and insecurities. How, then, can it be that perceived differences have the power to divide us, when it is our inherent similarities connecting us on the deepest level? Why are we so often afraid of those who are not immediately recognisable to us, rather than embracing diversity in all its forms, even when that causes discomfort by confronting often long-held views?
Let’s return to the idea of the common thread, and use it to create something useful, a legacy we can be proud of, because diversity weaves a more beautiful tapestry. Beauty is messy, contradictory, imperfect.
We Are Human is a story of individuality and togetherness. A dual celebration of the unique qualities that shape who we are and frame how we move through the world, collectively. It is about honouring each other and the strength that comes from community. We believe in change and the power of challenging the status quo through thought-provoking conversation. We don’t have all the answers, but we are ready to ask the questions.
Our runway models are a group of individuals who we recognise as being powerful forces for change in the fashion industry. Alongside them we have the ability to shift the fashion dynamic for good, through their stories we hope to inspire you to join us on this journey.
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"I was an extremely anxious adolescent and as my career blossomed it tested my strengths, exploited my weaknesses and played with my boundaries – emotionally, mentally and physically."
"The world, sometimes darkened with prejudice and destruction, cannot overshadow the light that is produced when people of all races, cultures, religions, personalities, and sexualities come together."