Gold Magazine / by Victoria Lemos

Once again I've collaborated with Gold Magazine to shoot for the fashion spread in the upcoming summer issue. What's very special about this spread is that two really cool companies are involved with the apparel that the models are sporting: jewelry by Starfish Project and t-shirts by Krochet Kids

Starfish Project is a company that restores hope to exploited women: 

"At Starfish Project, exploited women are empowered to recognize their value. Our jewelry business provides women with meaningful employment in a safe and supportive environment. Women who come to Starfish Project have been physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, and many see no way out of their situation. In addition to dignified employment, Starfish Project provides women with housing, counseling, educational opportunities, vocational training and health care. They begin to see themselves as worthy, capable, and loved. Many realize they can pursue a brighter future for themselves and their families. Starfish Project has reached hundreds of women since we began in 2006. With your help, we can reach even more."

Krochet Kids is a registered non-profit organization that empowers people to rise above poverty. Over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future in creating gifts that give back. Each unit of apparel that Krochet Kids sells is handmade by women in these countries and the money made is used to provide jobs, education, and sustain mentorship. 

I'm so happy to have been apart of this shoot for Gold Magazine because before the shoot, I had never even heard of these companies before. Please check them out for yourself and make sure to catch the spread in the summer issue of Gold Magazine that you can subscribe to here. A sneak peek of the images are down below and you can view the rest under +Campaigns > Gold Magazine 2016.