Platon‘s portraiture has captured the most prolific names of pop and political culture throughout the world. Stemming from the current upheaval of Hollywood and fashion titans due to sexual abuse, the famed photographer has unveiled via Instagram his unique and powerful vision of contemporary women. “Repeatedly, I have seen young women portrayed as mere sexual objects and vacant clothes horses on the pages of glossy fashion magazines,” he laments via social media. “I want to see young women expressing power and strength in our western media. If fashion is an aspirational ideal, then that’s a good enough channel for me to work with.” Pairing up with Garage Magazine, the photographer and team of Phoebe Arnold, Ashley JavierPat McGrath present compelling portraiture of the modern model muses of the moment. Ansley Gulielmi, Chu Wong, Kaya Wilkins, Lexi Boling, Lex Herl, Mayowa Nicholas, and Ruth Bell star as the ‘femme forte’ making pieces from Jacquemus, Vetements, Gareth Pugh, Calvin Klein and Chanel take a life of their own.
"Let's talk about fashion, style, and sub culture. Let's talk about the way we express ourselves. Repeatedly, I have seen young women portrayed as mere sexual objects and vacant clothes horses on the pages of glossy fashion magazines. This 'corrupted ideal' troubles me deeply. It somehow perpetuates the flawed notion that women will never be leaders. It's time to correct history’s misguided path. I fundamentally believe that we need women in positions of leadership. We are supposed to live in a time of great enlightenment – yet, we still have a moral mountain to climb. Of all the world leaders I have photographed, only a mere handful were women. What's that about?? The women I photographed in the Democratic Republic of Congo had seen the darkest corners of humanity, yet they had the truest of hearts. They were courageous and inspiring, and they taught me so much about leadership. Each day they would whisper to me 'FEMME FORTE.' I want to see young women expressing power and strength in our western media. If fashion is an aspirational ideal, then thats a good enough channel for me to work with. I am proud to present my latest collaboration with Garage Magazine. It's a 20 page portfolio showcasing the world's most celebrated models and fashion collections. These inspirational young women are powerful influencers in today's society, and it was an honor to photograph each and every one. This was a POWER PARTY. Showcasing great talent, I was also thrilled to work with Phoebe Arnold, the new and super talented Garage fashion director, as well as the creative forces of Pat McGrath's makeup team and Ashley Javier, the hairstylist. We present young women of power. To the Harvey Weinstein's of the world – RUN AND HIDE…”