September 7, 2011
Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, Coco Rocha, Ataui Deng—with all of these top catwalkers in the same room just hours before the shows at Lincoln Center begin, you wouldn’t be off the mark if you thought they were at a last-minute casting call or fitting. But these girls, along with supes Christy Turlington and Doutzen Kroes, were at the Dream Downtown this morning for a reason more altruistic than peddling designer duds. They came out to support Iman, who is raising awareness for the ongoing famine in East Africa.
Iman (originally from Somalia), who was wearing her new Thakoon Masai plaid scarf, told Style.com: “It’s heartbreaking to hear about mothers who have to choose which of their children to save and which to leave behind in their search for food.” Iman decided to take action and created a bracelet, benefiting Save the Children, with the help of Modelinia and Noir jewelry.
“The easiest way to make an impact is to use your voice,” explained Turlington (who also supports Africa with her maternal health organization Every Mother Counts). “Making yourself heard is something we have the ability to do in the U.S. that many other women around the world don’t have.” Showing off her new bracelet, Kloss promised Iman (who is a “huge fan of Karlie”), “We’ll all be wearing these backstage this week.”
Modelinia Beautiful Friends Forever bracelets are available at www.noirjewelry.com, $35 each.