Watch Models Speak Out About Gender and Power

Christy Turlington, Adwoa Aboah, Doutzen Kroes, and other models discuss politics, the gender binary, and power in the fashion industry in the latest issue of i-D magazine, in a video series launching today at Titled the Radical Issue and on newsstands now, the entire magazine is devoted to political voices in fashion.

For this video and fashion editorial from the issue, shared exclusively with the Cut, photography duo Inez and Vinoodh filmed conversations with ten boundary-pushing models who each shared a political cause or issue that’s most important to them.

Adwoa Aboah in a Calvin Klein 205W39NYC jacket, Chloé blazer and trousers, and her own earrings. Photo: Courtesy of i-D

Paloma Elsesser talks about equality. Liya Kebede focuses on maternal health, particularly in third-world countries. The other models are Anja Rubik, Cameron Russell, Dara Allen, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Teddy Quinlivan. “Before, we were just pretty faces on the covers of magazines,” Rubik says. “Now we can say what we think, what we like, what we’re passionate about.”

The issue was guest-edited by Charlie Porter, men’s fashion critic for the Financial Times, who said i-D fashion director Alastair McKimm styled each woman naturally for the shoot. “We didn’t want to force a character on them,” he said. “We thought, let’s shoot these incredible women and give them a platform to speak. Not just shoot them, but make their voices part of the story.”

Doutzen Kroes in a blazer and shirt by Matthew Adams Dolan and trousers by Chloé. Photo: Courtesy of i-D

The editorial is titled “What does it mean to be a model?” and the video series launches later this morning on

Paloma Elsesser in a Vetements coat. Photo: Courtesy of i-D

From i-D the Radical Issue, No. 351, Spring 2018.

Styling by i-D fashion director Alastair Mckimm. Hair: Christiaan. Make-up Kabuki at Kabuki Magic using M.A.C Cosmetics. Nail technician: Daria Hardeman at Starworks using Deborah Lippmann. Lighting director: Jodokus Driessen. Digital technician: Brian Anderson. Photography assistance: Joe Hume. Studio manager: Marc Kroop. Styling assistance: Maggie Foster, Desiree Adejde and Umi Jiang. Hair assistance: Taku. Make-up assistance: Yumi Kaizuka, Michael Chua, and Satsuki Soma. Nail assistance: Gladys Castillo. Production: Tucker Bibilis at VLM Productions.

Executive production by Stephanie Bargas at VLM Productions. Production co-ordination: Eva Harte at VLM Productions. Production assistance: John Nadnazi and Michelle Murray. Casting director: Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING. Models: Christy Turlington at BMC. Liya Kebede at IMG. Cameron Russell at the Lions. Doutzen Kroes, Anja Rubik, and Adwoa Aboah at DNA. Teddy Quinlivan and Hanne Gaby at Women. Paloma Elsesser at Muse. Dara Allen at Heroes. These interviews have been condensed and edited.

Watch Models Speak Out About Gender and Power