tak­ing a stand

Doutzen Kroes has a beauty that goes be­yond the phys­i­cal. Bridg­ing the gap be­tween fash­ion and phi­lan­thropy, the su­per­model is us­ing her plat­form to raise mil­lions for char­ity. Meet a very mod­ern role model

ELLE (UK) - - Yara Shahidi -

“Be­ing a ‘won­der woman’ means be­ing pas­sion­ate about your be­liefs”

SU­PER­MODEL. AC­TRESS. MOTHER. AC­TIVIST. There isn’t just one way to de­scribe Doutzen Kroes. ‘Mod­est’ would be an­other: ‘I’m for­tu­nate to have the ca­reer that I do; it only makes sense to use my voice for the things I think are im­por­tant,’ she says. Af­ter a trip to Kenya in 2O16, the 33-yearold launched the #KnotOnMyPlanet cam­paign to raise money for the Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund, no­tably col­lab­o­rat­ing with Tiffany & Co. on Save the Wild – a col­lec­tion of brooches and charms from which 1OO% of prof­its go to­wards the Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Net­work. ‘To me, be­ing a “won­der woman” means be­ing pas­sion­ate about your be­liefs. It means be­ing able to stand up for your­self and for those who can’t,’ she says. So it’s only fit­ting that, in an is­sue ded­i­cated to the women mak­ing real change, ELLE talks fam­ily, char­ity and in­spi­ra­tions with Doutzen. The next gen­er­a­tion of women seem to be more po­lit­i­cally en­gaged and so­cially aware than ever – are you ex­cited by that? ‘I love it. It’s im­por­tant that girls my daugh­ter’s age are grow­ing up as a wit­ness to what is hap­pen­ing in so­ci­ety. It’s im­por­tant that my son and other boys see it too. Tell us more about what’s next for #KnotOnMyPlanet ‘The ini­tia­tive en­gages with lux­ury brands to raise money for the Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund, which gives 100% of prof­its to vet­ted pro­grams in ivory-con­sum­ing na­tions. We want peo­ple to re­mem­ber that ele­phants are still be­ing poached in record num­bers. We have raised over £4 mil­lion in un­der two years. I’m proud of the re­la­tion­ship we have de­vel­oped with Tiffany and Co. – the plan is to con­tinue to build on the mo­men­tum we have, rais­ing much-needed funds and get­ting the mes­sage out that ivory is not a lux­ury item.’ An­other cause you’ve been cham­pi­oning is Model Al­liance – why was that im­por­tant to you? ‘I sup­port Model Al­liance and the Re­spect Pro­gramme [which calls on brands and agen­cies to sign a le­gal agree­ment to en­force safe work en­vi­ron­ments] be­cause they seek to pro­tect not just mod­els like my­self, but the new mod­els who of­ten don’t have a voice.’ What are your hopes for change in the in­dus­try? ‘I would love to see more di­ver­sity, not only in front of the cam­era, but be­hind it as well. I can [feel progress be­ing made], but it’s still not mov­ing quickly enough.’

Last year, you starred in Won­der Woman and Jus­tice League – how was that? ‘To be in a film about a fe­male su­per­hero, di­rected by a fe­male di­rec­tor, along­side fe­male ath­letes was a won­der­ful time for all us.’

It’s a pow­er­ful time to be a fe­male in Hol­ly­wood. What are your thoughts on #MeToo and Time’s Up? ‘It’s in­cred­i­ble that they have forced the long-over­due con­ver­sa­tion on the dy­namic be­tween those in power and those who are treated like they have no power. Per­son­ally, it’s made my hus­band and I think about how we’re rais­ing our chil­dren.’ Who are the women you look up to? ‘There are so many! My mother, my mother-in-law and my sis­ter, my agents and man­agers. Also Saba Dou­glas-Hamil­ton, who has cho­sen to raise her girls among ele­phants in North­ern Kenya. And Patty Jenk­ins, the di­rec­tor of Won­der Woman, who I’m just in awe of. But I also think just be­ing a woman is in­spir­ing.’

Save the Wild ele­phant charm in18k rose gold; and Save the Wild ele­phant Brooch in 18k white goldwith di­a­monds, both TIFFANY & Co

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