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Is The Fashion Industry Making A Political Statement? (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani

Models including Gigi and Bella Hadid may have just made a political statement.

That, at least, is what some are speculating after the models were seen with white bandanas around their wrists on the Tommy Hilfiger runway in California on Feb. 8, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

Fashion news website the Business of Fashion started the campaign, calling it the #TiedTogether movement “to make a clear statement in support of human unity and inclusiveness amidst growing uncertainty and a dangerous narrative peddling division.”

The group says it is in response to "current world developments," while condemning the fashion industry for staying relatively silent to these changes.

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While some might find that a political statement, the group stresses it is not.

"This is not a political statement, it is a positive statement in support of humanity during a time of turmoil and fear in many nations around the world," it writes. "We aim to start a global movement within the fashion industry to demonstrate the power of unity and inclusivity, and encourage fashion enthusiasts and people outside the industry to join."

In addition to wearing white bandanas, the website also encourages people to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union or the U.N. refugee agency.

The movement is gaining momentum, with singer Zayn Malik -- Gigi Hadid's boyfriend -- who was spotted sporting the white bandana, The Guardian reports.

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Many designers are expected to be wearing the bandanas during Fashion Week as well, ranging from Tommy Hilfiger to Diane von Furstenberg and Prabal Gurung, InStyle reports.

"I'm just focused on what we're trying to do with our brand, which is disrupt," Hilfiger said, although he would not confirm whether or not this was a political statement. Still, he will wear the white bandana himself during Fashion Week.

"I'm an immigrant and 50 percent of my employees are immigrants," another designer, Shoji -- who will also wear the bandana -- chimed in, Agence-France Presse reports. "The philosophy of my company is to dress all women, any country, any religion, any size, any color."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Business of FashionThe Guardian, InStyle, AFP via Yahoo News / Photo credit: Courtesy of The Business of Fashion, TiedTogether

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