The world have fashion contains endless possibilities. New trends, new patterns, new models…isn’t fur getting a little old now? This blog has given you plenty of reasons to not promote fur. There’s no need for it when there are hundreds of companies that sell faux fur which look EXACTLY like real fur. Having a dead animal strapped on your backside isn’t considered a luxury, it’s disgusting. I’ve given you the facts…
50 million animals are killed every year for their fur in fashion. And they are killed in the most gruesome ways. There are hundreds of designers who would love to work with your skill and expertise in the industry and would love to help you start promoting faux fur. Take for example your friend Stella McCartney. She is a huge inspiration and her line is 100% organic and fur- free. Starting a fur -free fashion show would show you in an approachable and positive light, and there’s no need to use real fur when you can use fake fur.
I will be encouraging people to protest against your magazine, Vogue, until you put an end to promoting fur in the pages. I will have people sign petitions and make pages on social media sites to get the word out to the public. If you started using faux fur, I guarantee you would have the support of hundreds of high end designers from all over the world.
This brings me to my final question. Ms. Wintour, would you wear your dog? It’s basically the same thing as skinning your dog and then having me wear it on my back. It’s disgusting, unethical, and completely pointless when I can go out and buy a fake coat that looks exactly like your dog’s fur.
There’s nothing luxurious about fur, there’s not fashionable about it either. It’s time for you to open your eyes and see that your actions continue to be the cause of millions of helpless animals each year.
People follow celebrities. That’s pop culture and that’s something that is never going to change. Whether we like it or not, want to believe it or not, celebrities have a huge impact on us…maybe even greater than our own parents or our own friends. We look up to celebrities as role models and we want to do what they do, look how they look, and be who they are. If a celebrity says that something is “cool”, we automatically assume it is cool as well.
PETA launched an anti- fur campaign three years ago in 2009 called “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur”, “Ink not Mink”, and whose “Whose Skin are you in?”. These three campaigns were extremely successful, as they got many popular celebrities to model for PETA and to do PSA’s, informing the public about the cruelty of fur.
Many of these celebrities have been on the cover of Vogue magazine, and I would really love to start another campaign called “Be Proud of Your Skin”. It would be a campaign target towards everyone and it will show a row of models of all different ethic backgrounds and nationalities, as well as row of animals with all different colors and patterns of fur. It’ll say “Be Proud of Your Skin”, implying two messages: 1, be proud of your race and where you come from and 2, let animals keep their fur and be proud of their skin as well.
Getting celebrities on board with this could really impact Anna Wintour, especially if they vow to never pose on the cover for Vogue until Wintour takes fur out of the magazine.
Donna Salyer’s started a faux fur company, Fabulous Furs, after she listened to a radio broadcast announcement after kittens being skinned alive for fur. She immediately knew that she had to make a change and so she combined her new education of this issue with fashion. She started making faux fur in her basement and shortly after that became internationally successful with her luxurious alternative furs.
I want to interview her and ask her if she would be willing to take on this project with me. (The project is to encourage people to write letters to Wintour and to sign the petition on change.org). I also would love to work with her to encourage high end fashion designers to switch from using real fur to faux fur. I think she would make an excellent businesses partner and she already knows so much about the fashion industry and is so compassionate about not using real fur. Together we can work hard to change the minds of fur- using designers, and with that, stop the production of fur.
The following are ways in which we can stop the promotion of fur in our own lives. The Humane Society of the United States gives us a list of things we do to get the message across and to encourage others to stop wearing fur.
1. Don’t support it. When compassionate consumers take a stand against the fur industry by refusing to purchase its products, designers will stop using fur, retailers will stop selling it, and fashion writers will stop reporting on it as an acceptable trend. You have that power with every purchase you make. Sign the fur-free pledge by the Human Society. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2819
2. Support fur- free retailers and designers. More and more retailers and designers are rejecting animal cruelty. For example, Stella McCartney vows to be fur-free and has done numerous documentaries revealing the cruelness of it. Please support retailers and designers that have made a commitment to being fur-free, such as Stella McCartney.
3. Join the fur-free campaign facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HSUSFurFree
4. Speak up and educate. This blog is meant to educate those who don’t know about fur in fashion, but once everyone realizes the cruelty in it, they need to speak up and educate others about it. Ignorance is not bliss. Even the most painful things can make the strongest impact.
5. I encourage “Fur- Free Fridays” which is a nationwide event where people every Friday do not wear fur or do not wear anything from a designer who produces fur. This is more of a pledge for one’s self, instead of a marketing strategy.
6. Like stated in my other post, please write the letters to Anna Wintour, vowing to now buy the magazine until she takes fur out of the pages and sign the petition on change.org.
Trying to convince Anna Wintour to take fur out of the pages of Vogue is a huge request and will be a huge accomplishment for animal rights activists. It’s hard to change someone’s mind who LOVES fur and believes that fur is a seamless part of fashion. Wintour inspires so many other fashion designers/companies, like Karl Lagerfeld, Burberry, “or Bloody Burberry”, Armani, etc. that fur is in fashion, when rather, if we could just get Wintour’s attention in a professional way that doesn’t cause a threat or harm her, then I believe our message will be easily heard. Sometimes, protests can be a little harsh and sparks angers between the people protesting, and the people who the protest is about. There are ways in which I would like to reach out to Wintour, since she is so hard to get a hold of, and ways in which I would like to persuade her to stop promoting fur.
I want to start a series of letters written by everyone who feels the same way. Every letter will look like this…
Dear Ms. Wintour,
I vow to stop buying Vogue magazine until you stop promoting fur.
Everyone will send his or her letters to the Vogue office in New York, that way she’ll be bombarded with letters every day. And everyone will keep their word. By not buying the magazine, it hurts the magazine’s sales, therefore creating an impact on Wintour’s company. Maybe then she’ll realize that people are serious about the subject matter.
I have also started a petition on Change.org, which is an online petition site where people can create petitions about changes they want to see in the world. With 20 million users in over 196 countires, this website is a huge opportunity for me to get my message across. I want everyone to sign my petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/anna-wintour-take-fur-out-of-the-pages-of-vogue-magazine so we can get thousands of signatures to create change.