Gigi Hadid Donates Fashion Month Earnings To Ukraine – ELLE Australia

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After appearing in fashion shows across New York, Milan and Paris, supermodel Gigi Hadid has announced that she’s pledging to donate her earnings from the Fall/Winter 2022 presentations to Ukrainian relief.
The announcement comes after Argentinian supermodel Mica Argañaraz announced her commitment to donate the salary she earned during fashion month to those impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“I have to say it feels really weird walking into fashion shows knowing there’s a war on the same continent”, Argañaraz wrote on her instagram stories back in early March.
“To my friends and fellow models, and to anyone who is also struggling with this feeling, maybe this is something we can all do, ‘contribute’.”
Hadid echoed Argañaraz sentiments, stating in her own social media post that she is “following in the footsteps” of her friend and pledging to donate her earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to “aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine”.
“Having a set fashion month schedule has meant that my colleagues and I often present new fashion collections during heartbreaking and traumatic times in history. We don’t have control over most of our work schedules, but we would like to walk ‘for’ something,” Hadid shared.
As one of the most famous figures in fashion, Hadid has leant her talents and walked for many leading luxury designers.
This season alone, Hadid featured in shows for Altuzarra and Marc Jacobs in New York, Tods, Versace, Max Mara and Moschino in Milan along with Vivienne Westwood, Isabel Marant, Off-White, Ludovic De Saint Sernin and Coperni in Paris.
The Fall/Winter 2022 circuit has been particularly criticised for its lack of public support for Ukraine.
Giorgio Armani was the first designer to publicly take a stance on the war, choosing to present his collection without music.
“I really wanted to show that my heart is with the people in Ukraine. I had to find a way to communicate that we are not celebrating here, because what is happening out there really concerns me,” the designer wrote on social media.
The Armani Group also donated €500,000 to the UN Refugee Agency, to assist and protect those who have been forced to flee the war in Ukraine.
More recently, Balenciaga’s creative director Denma Gvasalia also dedicated their show to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
“The war in Ukraine has triggered the pain of a past trauma I have carried in me since 1993, when the same thing happened in my home country and I became a forever refugee,” the Georgian born fashion designer wrote in an open letter.
“Fashion week feels like some kind of an absurdity. I thought for a moment about cancelling the show… but then I realised that cancelling the show would mean giving in, surrender to the evil that has already hurt me so much for almost 30 years,” Denma revealed.
There’s no further news on whether Gigi’s sister Bella, or long-time friend Kendall Jenner will be following suit to donate their fashion month salaries to the ongoing crisis.

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