Image by Pieter Henket.
This dress has an important message.
When celebrations of Pride are taking place around the UK, it’s easy to forget – just for a moment – that there are still so many places where people aren’t free to be gay.
So let this dress remind us of all the work that still needs to be done.
As part of this year’s Europride, designer Matjis van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik created a rainbow bright dress made with the flags of the 72 countries in which homosexuality is still banned.
They chose Valentijn de Hingh – the first transgender woman to be signed by IMG models and Europride’s first trans ambassador – to model the dress, in an incredible portrait captured by photographer Pieter Henket.
That portrait has now been shared thousands of times. Clearly it fulfilling its mission of showing everyone just how far we still have to go.
But the dress isn’t complete. It’s not going to live on forever as a reminder of all the intolerance in the world.
Valentijn says that each country that changes its legislation on homosexuality will have their flag in the dress changed to a rainbow flag.
The ultimate goal? An entirely rainbow dress.
So come on, world. Let’s hurry up and change things.