“Feminism is not about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It is about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” G.D. Anderson.
Some people fear the ‘F’ word, but Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies and social movements which has the goal to achieve political, economical and social rights for all women. Feminists movements have campaigned for women’s rights, which includes the rights to vote, to work, to earn equal pay, to receive education and to own property. This movement goes further as to all women should be treated equally to men, changes in dress codes and physical activity. The crowd came alive, we all stood up and cheered for the models walking down the runway. This was such a glamorous-goose bump moment.
On the last day of the Mercedez Benz Fashion week men and woman walked down the runway in t-shirts that read “We should all be feminists” in celebration of woman’s month. This runway show took place before the Stefania and Shana Morland’s show. The printed t-shirts were also handed to all of the members of the audience to celebrate Woman’s month. All the members in the audience had to put on their t-shirts, over their glamorous pieces which they wore to the show. This was a great way to include the whole crowd in the feminist movement and to bring awareness to woman and their rights. The runway included men and woman from all ages, sizes, shapes and occupations. The models also stylised each of their t-shirts differently, some created it into a crop top with frills, others wore it as a wifey, over dresses and under coats. This indicated you can wear your shirt anyway you want to and that the feminist movement is supported by all.
The television presenter Boity Thula, actress Kgomotso Christopher, rapper Yung Swiss, Top Billing Presenter Ayanda Thabethe, former public protector Thuli Madonsela and ex-DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko were some of the models on the runway who showed off the feminist t-shirts. This show was part of the designer Stefania Morland’s bold, influential and strong fashion show.
What I really enjoyed about the show was the diversity of model choices and the personalities of the models that came through. They were dancing down the runway, while others shared hugs with audience members. This was such a great way to indicate and introduce the feminist movement by including all gender, sizes, occupations and shapes. This diversity indicate that anyone can be part of the feminist movement.
What are your thoughts on feminism; share your thoughts and stories, so that we can learn from each other.