Hamburg-born, top model Toni Garrn has teamed up with the Hamburg-based denim company Closed and the charity Plan International in a jean collaboration. All profits from the line will provide scholarships for impoverished women in Burkina Faso through Plan International’s ‘Because I’m a Girl’ campaign.
“It is a personal project. In Hamburg, I go to visit both Plan and Closed,” says Garrn, and she also serves as an ambassador for the charity. “I had always sponsored children. At fifteen, I had sponsored two girls through Plan International. I continued talking with the charity because I just thought they did a great job everywhere. They really focus on child protection and education—they don’t just drop food or money. It is more like, ‘How can we make the whole community sustainable? When we leave, are they are better off?’”
Garrn makes it clear that the project is about the charity and supporting girls and women in Burkina Faso, located on Africa’s Ivory Coast — not honing her credentials as a designer.
The BBC reports today that Burkina Faso is the scene of mass protests, calling for a civilian transition of power and the end of President Blaise Compaore’s 27-year rule. While Burkina Faso is at risk for an ebola outbreak, neighboring countries already infected, ebola is not currently a problem in the country.
Take a listen while Toni Garrn explains more about her Closed Jeans collaboration for women and girls in Burkina Faso.
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