Franca Sozzani isn't your average fashionista. The longtime editor of Vogue Italia, who originally hails from the Northern Italian city of Mantua, sees no reason that fashion and activism should be at odds and has unironically used the pages of the magazine as a creative canvas for social commentary. In the wake of the BP oil spill, she drenched models and designer duds in oil. Last year she launched Vogue Curvy, a dedicated section armed with a cadre of plus-sized bloggers to devote ink to fashion news for fuller women.And to shift the conversation about Africa away from the negative--human trafficking, genocide and the like--she birthed an issue of L'Uomo Vogue called "Rebranding Africa" to shed a positive light on the continent. It led to a special recognition for Sozzani as a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
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