I have done few First Ladies Luncheon for the UN Fashion 4 Development in #newyork over the years with #FrancaSozzani and I am so sad that I can't be in NY this year for the first time and the first year she is not with us. But I have recorded a video to present her with the Medal of Honour which president Evie Angelou will hand @afefjay on Franca's behalf. Fashion 4 Development – an organization founded on the principles represented by 4 E’s: Educate, Empower, Enhance, Enrich.
No one did it better than Franca Sozzani, in her role as goodwill ambassador since 2011. She travelled and worked extensively throughout the years and achieved some incredible things which we can all be proud of.
Franca has been a huge believer in supporting countries globally – one only has to look at the extraordinary L’Uomo Vogue Africa issue in May 2012. No one before her has ever covered an entire continent from the point of view of fashion arts, culture and politics.
She immediately understood the power of fashion as a political tool to fight some of the biggest issues we face today – from environmental justice to poverty and gender equality just to name a few.
We will miss her dedication and passion and we miss HER enormously, but the baton today passes to some other extraordinary women who will carry it with pride 🏆 @ecoage