These Top Models Have Something Important To Tell You

Of all the trends that emerged from New York Fashion Week this season, sartorial political protest was perhaps the most controversial, with influencers wearing “Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood” pins and designers using their shows to voice their thoughts about the current administration. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising to learn that 81 of the industry’s top figures gathered at Chelsea’s Milk Studios one day during NYFW to face the camera for W magazine and make one collective declaration on video: “I am an immigrant.”

From Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes to Imaan Hammam and Jourdan Dunn, each celeb says his or her name followed by the statement, a form of opposition to President Donald Trump’s embattled travel ban on refugees and immigrants. But it’s not just models. Designers like Gabriela Hearst, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung also speak out, alongside Vogue creative director at large Grace Coddington and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, who lingers at the end to say, “America was very good to me.”

Samantha McDonald