Winnie Harlow got down on one knee when asked about American footballer Colin Kaepernick’s Nike commercial.
Colin hit headlines around the world in 2016 when, in protest against racial injustice in the United States, he fell to one knee rather than stand and recite the American national anthem during a game.
While many praised the move, with other players also following suit, Colin has since been blacklisted by the teams in the National Football League (NFL) for his demonstration against the injustices of police brutality. And after Nike tapped him to star in the sport’s giants latest ads, his critics have taken to burning their Nike goods.
When Winnie was asked about the campaign, she showed her solidarity by kneeling down.
“I’m getting on one knee,” she told The Hollywood Reporter at a New York Fashion Week event.
“Because it’s amazing and you should stand for whatever you believe in and don’t let anyone deter you from that. I love that against everything that he’s going through, he’s still sticking by everything he believes in. So powerful.”
Winnie, who was talking at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party, where she stunned in a low cut gold dress, was also quizzed on the industry becoming more inclusive, with the latest issues of fashion magazines featuring an increased number of people of colour.
“I think, especially it being September covers, is a big statement of change,” she said. “And I think, obviously, you can’t take one step forward and 10 steps back. So I hope that this statement continues.”
“I must say, it’s about time,” added Angolan model Maria Borges. “Diversity is everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, orange, we should all have the same opportunities for sure.”