Model protests Gucci’s use of straitjackets during Milan show

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Model protests Gucci’s use of straitjackets during Milan show

A model in Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show staged an unplanned protest of the label’s “offensive” use of straitjackets on Sunday, claiming at least one other model was so “disgusted by the clothes” he walked off the job.

London-based model Ayesha Tan-Jones, who identifies as non-binary, said the Gucci designs were deeply offensive and they spontaneously decided to scrawl “Mental health is not fashion” on their hands before going on the runway.

“As an artist and model who has experienced my own struggles with mental health, as well as family members and loved ones who have been affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia, it is hurtful and insensitive for a major fashion house such as Gucci to use this imagery as a concept for a fleeting fashion moment,” Tan-Jones, 26, wrote in an Instagram post.

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