As a long time educator and advocate for human rights, Peace Day holds a special place in my heart.For me, peace is not simply the absence of violence—it is also the absence of hunger, discrimination, poverty, environmental pollution and inequality.
Peace is a verb.
Peace must be jealously guarded and upheld in the everyday moments of our lives—in our families, in our communities, and on our streets.
This Peace Day, I was inspired by the rich heritage that popular music shares with peace activism.
From the legacy of peace icons John Lennon and Yoko Ono, to American folk singers Pete Seeger and Joan Baez, reggae legend Bob Marley, hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal and so many others, generations of musicians have given voice to the dream of peace.
For the past year, I had the privilege to work with MasterPeace, a global grassroots peace movement co-headquartered in Amsterdam and Cairo, helping to organize concerts for peace at the legendary Sunset Marquis hotel in West Hollywood, CA.
I drew my inspiration for Cricket’s Peace Day ensemble from this experience—an androgynous and chic rocker look, with an international sensibility. Effortless and casual, comfortable and playful—this #ootd is anything but ordinary.
Cricket’s Peace Day t-shirt was designed by Russian artist Sofia Shichkova—the androgynous, carnivalesque figure blurs the lines between male and female, adult and child.
The fringed upcycled leather vest by L.A. label Salvage Maria is a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece lined in authentic Mexican serape that lends a boho, late 60’s vibe.
Her steely gray lizard print leggings are produced in highly limited quantities by London-based label Tale of Boy, whose modern, somewhat dark aesthetic offers several unisex options.
Finally, Cricket’s shoesies by L.A. based designer Leia Roux are almost like walking barefoot—our preferred way of ensuring that Cricket’s balance is well developed before she begins to walk in hard soled shoes.
These photographs were taken in the Bronx, NY in the neighborhood where we live. Originally, I wanted to shoot her Peace Day outfit at Strawberry Hill, where the famous ‘Imagine’ memorial to John Lennon can be found.
However, the following quote by Eleanor Roosevelt— U.S. first lady and author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights— inspired me to celebrate peace closer to home; I hope you enjoy it.
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
Happy Pease Day from Cricket la belle