The fight for gender equality has always been on-going but recently it has returned to the spotlight, with Chanel staging a feminist protest as part of a show, and more people opting to highlight their own personal feelings on the subject, commenting on their views on feminism, particularly within their careers. These 4 models have shared their own unique take on the subject, some coming from a point of view influenced by the fashion industry itself, while others say their feminist beliefs began at home.
1. Agyness Deyn
Agyness sees change within how young women are now behaving and thinks it's progressing feminism: "I really feel like feminism nowadays is kind of speaking up for what you want and what you aspire to be. Actually, even feminism today is looking up to other women. I feel like women, and especially this younger generation like Petra Collins and Tavi and all these young women who are out there doing their thing — creating, making art, taking pictures, and not fitting into that pigeonhole of what society thinks a woman should be or dress like."
2. Anja Rubik
Polish model Anja believes modelling is a feminist job because she can impact other women and has created her own strong empire: “I consider modeling to be a feminist job. It’s an incredible job; it’s one of the ones where women get paid more than men. If you’re good at your job, you get to be very creative and it opens very many doors, like I did with my magazine, 25, and perfumes. You get quite a bit of a following and an impact on young women and girls. You can do something very positive with that. Nowadays, it’s not as glamorous as people think. But it can open your mind to many, many things.”
3. Karen Elson
Karen candidly spoke on how the fashion industry has influenced her feelings on feminism: "I started modeling when I was 16. In my 20s I started reading a lot about feminism, and that made me uncomfortable with so many aspects of the fashion business, especially the unattainable beauty standards it creates and upholds, and the hypersexualized, totally unrealistic version of women it presents to the world. As a model, wasn't I contributing to this evil force that was hurting women (including me)? I had a hard time with this question for a long time. Then I kind of looked around me, toward the examples of models like Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, and Milla Jovovich-these women weren't meek and passive; they were strong, savvy businesswomen who had transcended all the myths about being a model. They were (and are) powerful, and each one probably had (and has) legions of men working for them. They are changing the industry from the inside, which in many ways can be more effective than campaigning for change as an outsider."