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Mara Hoffman Taps 'Feminists, Activists And Artists' For Powerful Shoot

"This project was my way to thank them for their courage and their hope, especially in the times we are facing right now.”
03/08/2017 09:01am ET | Updated March 8, 2017

Designer Mara Hoffman has teamed up with social advocacy group Art Not War on a portrait series that not only shows off Hoffman’s spring 2017 collection, but also features a group of seriously badass women.

According to a release, each woman represents “diverse ages, backgrounds, and aesthetics, with one commonality: each individual is doing inspiring work in the social justice or art space focusing on domestic violence, human trafficking, reproductive rights, civil rights, queer rights, self-care, and policy change.”

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Joan Jonas, feminist visual artist and pioneer of video and performance art

Among the participants shot by photographer Amber Mahoney are De’Ara Balenger, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign director of engagement, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of MuslimGirl, civil rights activist Netta Elzie and Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

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Johnetta Elzie, civil rights activist

The series, aptly released in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8 during Women’s History Month, is Hoffman’s second move to use her platform to stand in solidarity and highlight female achievement. Her New York Fashion Week show in February kicked off with a speech by the Women’s March on Washington organizers.

Hoffman told The Huffington Post that “the importance of giving these [women] even more of a spotlight just got louder and louder,” ever since she first began the project in August. She says she “really came to understand just how important it is for us, as creatives, to join together and lend ourselves to those doing the on-the-ground work in the name of women.”

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Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

As for why she opted to raise them up in this way, Hoffman said, “This group of people are contributing and putting themselves on the line for my rights and the rights of others, and this project was my way to thank them for their courage and their hope, especially in the times we are facing right now.”

Check out more images from the project below and at A Woman Works, and head to Mara Hoffman to buy the collection, available now.

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Nykhor Paul, model and refugee advocate
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Cleo Wade, feminist poet
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Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of MuslimGirl
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
De'Ara Balenger, director of engagement for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Ilyse Hogue, president of Pro Choice America
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Jamia Wilson, activist, feminist, writer
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Gabby Richardson, co-founder of Art Hoe Collective
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Kiran Gandhi, musician and feminist activist
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Zoe Buckman, multi-disciplinary artist exploring themes of feminism and equality
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Laura Dawn, chief creative director, Art Not War
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Angelique Roche, attorney, educator, and political activist
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Michaela Angela Davis, feminist and image activist
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Justin Vivian Bond, trans-genre artist and performer
Amber Mahoney / Mara Hoffman
Sally Kohn, columnist and CNN commentator
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Elizabeth Plank, producer and correspondent at VOX and MIC