Duckie Thot has called on fashion industry leaders to do more to support the Black Lives Matter protests occurring across the United States.
Following the tragic death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota on 25 May, numerous protests were staged across the nation over the weekend in which activists demanded an end to racial prejudice.
Famous faces such as Beyonce, Chrissy Teigen and Halsey have pledged their support by either attending the protests or donating funds to relevant non-profits, and Australian model Duckie, whose family are South Sudanese refugees, took aim at the fashion business in a series of posts on Twitter.
“The fashion industry needs to do more! Yall literally use me to promote your products. Your silence aint it. I want to see the support (sic),” she wrote.
Duckie also criticised Louis Vuitton menswear designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh, after he revealed he’d donated $50 ($40) to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“VIRGIL!!! HOW DARE YOU,” the 24-year-old fired. “if y’all are going to run up on anything today, let it be LV and Off-White. he needs to personally feel it.”
Virgil has come under fierce criticism in recent days, and has since shared a lengthy statement on social media explaining his views. The designer has also clarified that he has donated $20,500 to bail funds and other causes.
“I apologize that my comments yesterday appeared as if my main concerns are anything other than full solidarity with the movements against police violence, racism, and inequality,” he penned, before admitting his “anger and rage” over Floyd’s death.
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