Fashion models and charity – Not only pretty on the outside, but also stunning on the inside. These philanthropist fashion models know how to lift their outer beauty to a higher level and how to make use of their social status. From ambassadorship for charities to setting up an entire charity organization from scratch: these fashion models kick ass.
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With more than 15 million (!) followers on Instagram, Karlie Kloss reaches many people with her charity organization. She owns Kode With Klossy, a project with which she aims to inspire young girls to start coding. As the self-claimed ‘nerd’ explains: “Coding is just fun. Many girls are very good at it, without knowing they are. They should just give it a try.”
Every time I get to hang with the Kode With Klossy scholars, I leave in awe of their brilliance, creativity and boundless potential. The young women in our camps this summer have done so much more than learn how to write code. They have made new friends, deployed projects that can change the world, built innovative solutions to problems in every day life, paired their passions for positive impact with entrepreneurship, learned to scale these ideas with harnessing the power of code. And So. Much. More. There’s a bright future ahead of all of us because of these ladies. Their stars are only rising and I couldn’t be more proud to watch and support their supernova ascent.
Despite being model of the year, Adwoa Aboah is everything but perfect. At a younger age she dealt with several depressions and drugs addictions. She even tried to commit suicide. After this dark period of her live, Adwoa wanted to do something good for the world, so she started Gurls Talk: an online forum for girls and women about sexuality, mental health and body image. Furthermore, she wants to be honest about what life is about. It is not always fun and glamorous as you see on Instagram. Authenticity is worth more than fake personalities on social media. That’s how we like it.
Yesterday’s @gurlstalk Panel Discussion in Warsaw, Poland were we discussed everything from the black protest and abortion rights to sexual education, mental health and sex. Mad amounts of love to my polish ladies (and the amazing men who also turned up). Yesterday was once again more than I could have ever wished for, thank you so much for speaking so openly, the power in the room was palpable. Thank you @vogue.polska and all the panelists, can’t wait to come back.
Stunning beauty Doutzen Kroes is a true philanthropist. Since 2009 she has been the abmassador of Dance4Life, an organization that provides sex education to young people all over the world. She is committed to spreading the word about the risks of having unsafe sex and how to live with AIDS. But that’s not all: since 2016 Doutzen is connected to The Elephant Crisis Fund as well. For this charity organization, she sheds light on the illegal ivory trade that is still an issue today. With #knotmyplanet she raises awareness for this issue.
In 2000 Liya Kebede had her huge break through when Tom Ford booked her for his Gucci show. Five years later, she started the fashion label Lemlem, with traditionally woven and embroidered clothing that creates employment opportunities to local Ethiopian weavers. She couldn’t let it happen that many people in her home country lost their jobs due to decline of local demand. With Lemlem, she also raised awareness for slow fashion, a term which became more and more important. Liya says she acknowledges that there’s still a lot of tragedy in this world, but that we should stay faithful.
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