When the average person pulls out their phone to play a game the thought doesn’t cross their mind that something as trivial as a game could dramatically change someone’s life. But 24-year-old game developer Lual Mayen has witnessed firsthand the power of video games. He was born into the chaos of the Sudanese Civil War, Mayen’s mother gave birth to him on the run as she fled on foot to escape a massacre by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Mayen lived 22 years of his life moving from camp to camp, but in the last two years, he has become a force to be reckoned with.
The first image on luxury-brand social media manager Candace Marie Stewart’s website is of her clothed in all-white with cowrie shells threaded into her elaborately coiffed braids. There are a regal quality and quiet repose to the way she carries herself which complements her eclectic street-style. Her appearance is bold, striking, and dignified, which seems only natural for someone who has masterminded unique social media campaigns for the luxury department store Barney’s New York and Italian luxury brand Prada.
The 21st-century has seen an explosion of social justice and activism, from Black Lives Matter to the Me Too movement, and the fashion industry is no different. This energetic push for change has seen a shift in the fashion industry with designers and models making a stand for causes ranging from women’s rights, climate change, and racial discrimination, perhaps it should come as no surprise since fashion has often served as a vehicle of protest throughout history.