The longtime editor of Vogue Italia sees no reason why fashion and activism should be at odds, and has unironically used the magazine as a canvas for social commentary. In the wake of the BP spill, Franca Sozzani drenched models and designer duds in oil. Last year she launched Vogue Curvy, a dedicated section armed with a cadre of plus -size bloggers. 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.