There may have been a time when models were known as little more than pretty faces, but that time is not now. Blame the fraught state of modern politics or the #MeToo movement or something else entirely, but in 2018, people want models who stand for something bigger. i-D's Spring 2018 issue highlights just those kinds of figures on a multi-cover feature that depicts established supers and fresh faces alike who are known as much for their advocacy as they are for their runway prowess.
"i-D has always believed in the power of speaking out and today, the voices of models are more vital than ever," reads the introduction to the issue. The 10 models included in what i-D has dubbed "The Radical Issue" are Cameron Russell, Adwoa Aboah, Dara Allen, Christy Turlington, Anja Rubik, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Teddy Quinlivan, Paloma Elsesser, Liya Kebede, and Doutzen Kroes. Each model was photographed in black-and-white by Inez and Vinoodh, and each was given space to speak about issues that matter to her.
From Quinlivan's stance on trans rights to Kebede's thoughts on fighting poverty to Elsesser's hopes for gender equality, the models shared a host of ways that fashion has the power to touch on and perhaps even change the tide when it comes to crucial issues.
"As totally critical as I can be about fashion, I actually think we need a lot of the things that fashion has to move into the future," Russell, who has become known for amplifying the voices of models who have experienced abuse in the industry, said in her interview. "We need culture, we need community, we need creativity, we need all of those things because they are going to be what replaces this rampant consumerism. So, I am not giving up on this industry. And, even though, in many ways, it disappoints me, it has an enormous amount to offer when we are envisioning a sustainable future for everybody."
See the full feature from i-D's Spring 2018 issue here.