Editor-in-Chief, Amy McCabe introduces the October Issue
“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg
2020 has left many of us feeling an overwhelming sense of despair in the face of unimaginable adversity. The challenges are seen everywhere: From the global COVID-19 pandemic, to the senseless acts of police brutality and systemic racism with little to no consequence or justice prevailing. Fires have ravaged much of the west coast of the United States illustrating our ever-growing climate emergency, and we mourned the loss of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a lifelong advocate and architect of the legal fight for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and equality for all. Ruth Bader Ginsberg dedicated her career to ensuring that marginalized groups received justice and was known for tactfully dissenting in court. “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you,” she said.
We all need hope and optimism in our lives, now more than ever. It may feel difficult to find during this tumultuous time, however it also feels more essential than ever. It’s part of our shared humanity, a source of inspiration and empowerment, and keeps us focused on paving the way for a brighter future.
Modeliste continues to showcase diverse, poignant and inspiring individuals who use their voice to advocate for real, lasting change throughout our communities and around the world. It is our shared hope for us all to feel empowered and committed to building a brighter, better future for everyone. Our Cover Star Nazanin Mandi exemplifies these same values as she stated in our recent interview that, “When you’re authentically yourself, to me, you are the most powerful, empowering, and motivating.”
It is by joining forces and working together that true change is possible, and in that, Modeliste stands united.