In the wake of Hurricane Sandy this past October, the CFDA and Vogue banded together to help raise $1.7 million through the Fashion for Sandy Relief auction benefiting those left ravaged by the storm. Today, the two are at it again, this time honoring a number of New York’s finest emergency responders with a celebratory spread starring a a top model pack!
Dressed in the best of the New York collections, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, Kasia Struss, Chanel Iman and Liu Wen were on hand for the occasion, posing alongside members of the NYPD Special Ops, firefighters from FDNY’s Far Rockaway house, servicemen from the US Coast Guard, Con Edison workers, nurses from Bellevue Hospital’s neonatal care unit and officers from the National Guard’s 69th Infantry. Shot by longtime Vogue contributor Annie Leibovitz, the buzzed about images make note of Vogue’s dedication to the cause, albeit drawing mixed reviews from the industry. While Karlie, Chanel and Kasia no doubt look heavenly floating on top of a rescue boat and strutting with the FDNY crew, the spread has left sites like Fashionista and The Cut to question Vogue’s method of tackling the sensitive issue. Although we neither agree nor disagree with the glossy’s attempt at honoring the city’s dedicated workers, we admit that we can’t help indulging in a little top model action to get us through the long day.
See more from the “Storm Troupers” editorial below, and head over to Vogue.com for the full look including quotes from the hometown heroes to make up your own mind about the controversial new shoot!