PLACARDS FOR CHANGE: 4 CELEBRITY ACTIVISTS ON THE FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

From gun violence to world hunger and forced family seperations, there are various issues that plague our society. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar and brandishing placards, celebrity activists – Freida Pinto, Halima Aden, Andie Macdowell and Amandla Stenberg, share why Social Justice is important to them.

The placards were designed exclusively for Harper’s Bazaar by Shepard Fairey. Shepard Fairey is an American graphic artist and social activist, best know for his Hope (2008) campaign, an artwork featuring  former U.S President, Barack Obama. Fairey blurs the boundary between traditional and commercial art through type and image, communicating his brand of social critique via prints, murals, stickers, and posters in public spaces. He believes that “Art is not always meant to be decorative or soothing, in fact, it can create uncomfortable conversations and stimulate uncomfortable emotions,”

 

Women’s Rights – Freida Pinto

“In so many parts of the world, the cycle of misogyny continues to undermine the crucial role that women play in building a community, a country, and an economy,” says Pinto, who is involved in a variety of nonprofits that empower girls, including Girl Rising, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and Plan International USA’s “Because I Am a Girl” campaign. She insists on using her voice for change. “Knowledge is power, and if you give me a platform I will use it.”

Halima Aden – World Hunger

“When I was growing up, I often didn’t know where my next meal was coming from.” These days, the model-activist spends her free time advocating for children around the world as an ambassador for UNICEF, and she recently returned to Kakuma, Kenya where she was born to give a TEDx Talk. “A child in need knows no politics, It is my responsibility and moral duty to be a voice for those who can’t be heard.”

Andie Macdowell – Climate Change

 “After living in Montana, surrounded by forests for more than 25 years, I’ve learned how important it is to preserve our natural resources,” says MacDowell. She uses her position on the board of the National Forest Foundation to raise awareness about the crucial role trees play in moderating climate change. “The National Forest System is one of the most efficient, readily available carbon sinks on earth,” 

Amandla Stenberg – Gun Violence

In The Hate U Give, a film based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Stenberg plays a teen who witnesses her friend’s murder by a police officer—a role that gave her unique insight into the current national debate about gun control. “We must continue to engage with these personal narratives, Empathy will drive us toward change.”

CREDITS

Interview: 

Freida: Hair: Christopher Naselli for Hair Rituel by Sisley,  Makeup: Gina Brooke for Intraceuticals Skincare; || Halima: Hair: Wesley O’Meara for Amika; Makeup: Justine Purdue for Dior Beauty; Manicure: Gina Edwards for Chanel Le Vernis ||  Andie: Hair: Wesley O’Meara for Amika; Makeup: Justine Purdue for Dior Beauty || Amandla: Hair: Ursula Stephen for Dove Hair Care; Makeup: Nina Park for Dior; Manicure: Gina Edwards for Chanel Le Vernis

Valerie Ekpo
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