London College of Fashion: Orange Label competition interviews with winners
Students who won their category in the competition Fashion Says NO to Violence against Women organized by London College of Fashion (LCF) – part of the UN Trust Fund’s unique cause-marketing Orange Label initiative – explained the thinking behind their winning entries.
Sumedha Chandra Sekhar from the Pearl Academy in Delhi, India, who won the journalism category with “Breaking the Myth: Fallen Princess”, said:
“I hope my article helps others realize… [that fairy tales] continue to emphasize [the] feminine beauty ideal. And I hope that others when reading this article will be educated on the realities of life which we choose to forget or ignore.”
Arshti Narang, also from the Pearl Academy, won the illustration category with a piece that focuses on the stereotypical portrayal of women in fashion magazines. She said:
“By using strong images with powerful messages along with fashion influencers, [the fashion industry] can bring a change [to] the outlook of the world and help to stop violence against women and girls.”
Chantelle Anonuevo from Falmouth University in the UK, winner of the short film category, said:
“I believe that fashion is a universal language and wanted to use this positive language as a form of communication to juxtapose the severe violence that can be projected against women.
“The fashion industry for women has a massive influence in our society as I believe that [it] impact[s] the formation of the identity of women and the perception of body image. With its influence as a visual form of art, it is a helpful tool to send a message to the fashion audience about violence against women.”
These students reflect the voices of many young people who want to take part in ending the global pandemic of violence against women and girls through their own unique contributions.
See all the winning entries and runners-up here.