This weekend, Toni Garrn and her supermodel friends are opening their closet doors to the public. Garrn’s fourth annual Supermodel Flea Market hits New York City stocked with pieces from some seriously high-profile wardrobes. All proceeds from the Flea Market go straight to the Toni Garrn Foundation, building education for girls across Africa.
Garrn began modeling as a teenager, debuting on the Calvin Klein runway at 15 years old. Her resume has grown to include walking the most exclusive runways of the industry, from Chanel to Hermès, and landing covers of countless fashion publications. She has also branched out into acting, beginning with a role in the 2016 short film The Shift, and most recently appearing on-screen in the blockbuster Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Throughout her childhood and career, Garrn has carried an innate love for African culture that is shared by her entire family. This interest steadily strengthened as she travelled through the continent and learned of its financial and social disparity, especially for young girls. As her career skyrocketed, Garrn didn’t hesitate to funnel her income towards the African communities that shaped her.
“Why was I chosen to be so lucky? I’m just a girl that was born in the different place of the world,” she tells CR. “That’s all it is, I was just born in a different place. It’s just pure luck, so I believe it was my job to give it back.”
After first flexing her philanthropic muscles under the umbrella of larger charities, Garrn established her foundation in 2016 to maximize her financial footprint. The Toni Garrn Foundation is entirely volunteer-based, spearheaded by the supermodel herself. Through fundraisers like the Flea Market, all proceeds flows directly to those in need. “I have no overhead, so I really try to get every single dollar straight to the girls,” Garrn says.
Now in its fourth run, Garrn’s Supermodel Flea Market is overflowing with donations straight from some of the most covetable closets in fashion. Garrn recruits her friends to put together a seriously drool-worthy inventory. From Gigi Hadid’s Supreme puffer jacket to Gisele Bündchen’s Louis Vuitton booties, there’s no shortage of hidden gems hiding within the racks. For those who aren’t able to visit the Flea Market, a selection of pieces will also be available online through Paddle8, with more supermodel’s finds added daily.
According to Garrn, the Flea Market is an ideal marriage of sustainability, philanthropy, and fashion. “I think people should do stuff like this, recycle your clothes, and then give it to a good cause,” she says. “They’re going to sit in your closet anyways. Do you really need the 0, 0 that you could make on those jeans?”
For Garrn and her growing foundation, the Supermodel Flea Market is only the beginning. She explained that future plans involve building as many hostels as possible across Africa, allowing girls to live on campus and alleviating the strain of transportation that often pushes them to drop out. The Toni Garrn Foundation has already built three hostels and, with Garrn’s fiery passion and fundraising success, shows no signs of slowing down.
“I think it’s important that everyone–whether it’s a designer, editor, or model–it’s important that everyone finds what they really care about,” Garrn explains. “Only then will it not only come across naturally, but it’s going to make a difference.
The Supermodel Flea Market is now open at 11 Howard in New York City, for specific hours, visit the Toni Garrn Foundation’s website.END
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