Fashion folk sing out against Romney

A new take on ‘You Don’t Own Me’


The only place you can find Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, Leith Clark, Tavi Gevinson and Lena Dunham lip-syncing together isn’t a fashion party or Girls episode. It’s a lo-fi campaign video supporting women’s rights and the re-election of President Barack Obama.

The women listed above—along with Zoe Kravitz, Miranda July, Tennessee Thomas and 45 other Obama supporters—answered artist Sarah Sophie Flicker’s call to speak out against presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s so-called ‘War on Women’.


(Background: Governor Romney has vowed to defund family planning group Planned Parenthood immediately if he’s elected. He also opposes equal-pay legislation for women, supports overturning Roe v Wade, the landmark court case that legalised abortion in the US; and would take measures that restrict access to birth control.)

So what’s a high-profile creative with a webcam to do? Sing about it.

‘Personally, I'm struck by the fact that we are teetering dangerously close to a situation where my daughter won't have the same rights I've enjoyed my entire life and that scares the heck out of me,’ Flicker wrote in an email to Papermag. ‘Women constituted 60% of the last election's voters. We can win this thing. We just have to agitate, motivate, and get out the darn vote!’


Flicker convinced friends to lip-sync to ‘You Don’t Own Me’, Lesley Gore’s 1964 classic—and even gained the support of Gore herself. The singer endorses the message at the beginning of the PSA.

The result is certainly a lot more tuneful than anything the candidates have said themselves. No ‘binders full of women’ here, thanks—just clued-up style stars raising awareness.

Take a look at the video below. And if you’re eligible and in the US, don’t forget to vote…

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