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"There is a first time for everything, even at 83," feminist icon Gloria Steinem captioned a post on Instagram to announce her first time at New York Fashion Week.
She attended as designer Prabal Gurung's guest of honor, a title she earned after inspiring the designer's spring 2018 collection, which weaved quotes from prominent feminists into the designs, according to Vogue.
The Cut reports that Steinem was one of many activists in attendance at the show. Front-row seats were filled by political staffer Huma Abedin (you might remember her from her work on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign), civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, and Cleo Wade, an artist, speaker, poet, and author whose work empowers women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.
Always a trailblazer, Steinem acted as a major leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s, and her social and political activism is just as moving today. It is only fitting that her first fashion week appearance would be for Gurung.
The designer has made his mark on fashion activism through his diverse models and passion for politics both in his home of Nepal and in the U.S. He began the show with the Activist's Prayer: "Grant me the strength to change the things I cannot accept," a sentiment surely Steinem can relate to.