CONVERSATION HIGHLIGHTS + PHOTOS FROM THE TEEN VOGUE SUMMIT
SERENA WILLIAMS, CARA DELEVINGNE, PRABAL GURUNG,
LANA CONDOR, STORM REID, EVA LONGORIA, AND MORE
The power-packed Teen Vogue Summit took place on Saturday, December 1 at the 72andSunny Creative Campus in Los Angeles. Participants included: Serena Williams, Storm Reid, Cara Delevingne, Prabal Gurung, Eva Longoria, Terry Crews, Vanessa Morgan, Lana Condor, Josie Totah and Luna Blaise, plus a special acoustic performance by Lauren Jauregui. Over 500 young people motivated to change the world gathered at the Summit, which is curated by the editors of Teen Vogue.
Throughout the event, attendees were encouraged to make text-to-give donations to Delivering Good disaster relief support of those affected by the fires in northern and southern California, and Teen Vogue will be donating furniture from the event and other unused items to the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu.
The Teen Vogue Summit includes official partners bareMinerals, Google’s Made with Code, LOLA, PBteen, PlayStation, PUMA, RUNA, and VS PINK, in collaboration with 72andSunny. The participating partners were C’est Moi, Health Aide Kombucha, and JUST Water, along with underwriting partner Girl Scouts of the USA. Teen Vogue also collaborated with several charitable organizations whose missions are aligned with the Summit—Fulfillment Fund, LA Promise Fund/Girls Build and Step Up—to offer complimentary tickets to community members.
Conversation highlights and links to EPK and photo galleries are below.
Link to the EPK is here: https://pigeon.to/2Rv6qXu
**Required Photo Credit: Getty Images for Teen Vogue
The Teen Vogue Summit Los Angeles 2018: Arrivals
The Teen Vogue Summit Los Angeles 2018: Serena Williams and Naomi Wadler
The Teen Vogue Summit Los Angeles: Sponsor Activations
The Teen Vogue Summit Los Angeles: On-Stage Conversations and Atmosphere
Serena Williams on supporting other women of color: “For us, women of color, we really important for us to support each other. I always like to say that the success of one woman should be the inspiration for the next. And if we look at it that way, there’d be so much more that we could accomplish.”
Serena Williams on being vocal about her struggles in the past few years: “The last year, two years, I’ve really been kind of open. I just had a baby and going through that was a whole different experience that I was not aware and ready for. I don’t think you can ever be really prepared for it. I love talking about it. I really get great feedback from everyone.”
Serena Williams being a professional athlete and a full-time mom: “I just love what I do. Mostly I love being a full-time mom. I’ve been with her everyday of her life. I haven’t missed a day. And I love that she gives me that love back. I love that when I walk into the room and she’s with her dad, she runs to me. (Laughs) It makes me feel really good. Which is sad. But I am a competitor at heart. I never thought I would be the mom that would be so hands on. I always thought I would do this or I would do that. My life is built around my daughter now. And I love that.”
Naomi Wadler, 11-year-old activist and the youngest speaker at the March for Our Lives, on the importance for her on speaking out: “Part of that for me is being able to lift up other voices. It’s not just people who are famous or well known or a public figure. It’s people who are recognizing that this message is intersectional. It’s not just the gun violence that happens in schools and against white kids, but it’s the gun violence that happens everywhere. Gun violence doesn’t pick and choose who it affects.”
Cara Delevingne on being a model and an activist: “The problem for me is the hypocrisy of the whole thing. There’s a lot of it about healthy body image and the environment. And I’m like, well I fly every day and I’m also a model. I’m naturally very skinny, but then, you know, it was a problem for me because I stand up for all of these things and then I think, am I doing the opposite. A lot of the time that I want to spend doing activism, I have jobs. I’d rather spend the time doing things that I don’t get paid for and that I can change the world with.”
Cara Delevingne on managing her schedule: “I just flew in from South Africa where I was shooting a commercial. While I was there, I went straight from a night shoot at 5:00 in the morning to go shark diving…I spent the week before that in Finland chasing the Northern Lights and I’m about to head back to Prague to finish this TV show. My sister just had a baby so I’m trying to learn how to be organized. I don’t really know the meaning of that word!”
Cara Delevingne on what she does for fun/in down time: “I always try to have some sort of routine. I’m always doing something different. But for me, I wake up in the morning, and before I look at my phone, which is the hardest part, I take 5 minutes and I just sit with myself, sit with my breath. I feel it is important to have some sort of mindfulness before you start your day, it just helps so much.”
Storm Reid on advice that she would give to other young people: “Miss Oprah told me don’t waste energy on things you can’t change in life when you can use that energy on something else that’s positive in your life. So that’s helped me….And the piece of advice that I would give to young girls is to just be yourself and be you. Don’t let anybody try to alter that or try to conform to what society wants you to do.”
Storm Reid on working with Oprah: “To see her work ethic and how much she loves her craft and to call her ‘my auntie’ [uses hand gesture to make quotes sign] really is a blessing. I’m glad I have Miss Oprah in my corner.”
Storm Reid on what she’s currently obsessed with: “I’m currently obsessed with baby blue. I just love that color, and then matcha. I’ve been on a matcha craze and I love it so much.”
Lana Condor on her role models and who inspires her: “My dad has told me as long as I can remember, “Greatness is coming.” Always. No matter what I do. That has instilled in my mind that good things can keep happening as long as you work really hard. My parents inspire me every day. They’re the ones who have made me stay excited and optimistic for what’s to come.”
Eva Longoria on her mentors: “I’ve had so many amazing mentors in my life and all of them have given me different kinds of advice at different times in my life. And that’s kind of what you need. At different points in your life, you may need a different kind of guidance.”
Eva Longoria on being an activist: “To be an activist you have to be human. You have to understand humanity. The myth is you have to be rich, you have to be famous, you have to have resources, And it’s not. It’s women who say I want to make a change.”
Eva Longoria on why she watches Fox News: “You should talk to people outside of your belief circle. I listen to Fox News because I want to know what they’re saying. I want to know why do they think that way; why they feel that way. I think it’s about branching out outside our thought bubble.”
Prabal Gurung on what he’s not seeing in fashion that he wants to change:
“The first and foremost thing is accountability. The complete lack of representation and the tokenizing of minorities whether you’re a person of color, your transgender, your gay…The intention of making a change is there [in the fashion industry] and I don’t want to knock that down. But they’re not willing to do the work.”
Prabal Gurung on dressing Oprah Winfrey and Ashley Graham: “It was my first collection and I was asked to make a dress for Oprah Winfrey, who has been my biggest hero. She’s obviously not a size zero, like on the runway. It didn’t matter. I didn’t even think about her size. For me, it’s the essence of who she is that’s really empowering and exciting. Ashley Graham happens to be a model. She happens to be a curvy model. And beyond that, she’s a force of nature. That’s why I’m attracted to her and that’s why I use her for my show.”