Julianne Moore, Rosie Perez, Cynthia Nixon, John Leguizamo and Christy Turlington Burns are among the notable Hollywood celebrities adding their names to efforts to support comprehensive immigration reform in a photo project called “Fedoras for Fairness.”
The portraits were taken by fashion photographer Albert Watson, who immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1970. The photo series was commissioned by We Belong Together, a campaign focused on supporting comprehensive immigration reform and highlighting the experiences and needs of immigrant women.
The campaign is using fedoras as both a metaphor and a symbol: a metaphor for women’s multiple roles and identities; and a symbol of support for reform legislation that is inclusive of the needs of women.
We Belong Together is a national campaign anchored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. We Belong Together hopes supporters will also upload photos of themselves wearing fedora hats to their website.
Christy Turlington Burns:
“My mother immigrated from El Salvador in the late ’40s, and at that time you know she was separated from her father for probably about three to four years before the rest of the family came over. Where she comes from is such a part of who I am, and so her story is my story. … Really all of us are in this country connected to this issue.” - quote via NYT
“My mother immigrated here in 1960 from Cuba, right after Castro, right after the revolution. And when she came over here, she wasn’t allowed to come with her parents. They put her on a plane by herself, and she came over through the Catholic Church and lived for a minute in a Catholic orphanage. Her brother came over to get her a few months later, but it was a couple years before she was reunited with her parents. So when I read about families being separated here in this country, children getting taken away from their mothers … it just doesn’t seem like a very American thing at all.” - quote via NYT
S. Epatha Merkerson
“First of all, I’m Latin. And I’m an immigrant. And my parents were immigrants. And this whole country, in my mind, is built on an immigration pool. I mean there’s nobody in this country that you can tell me that their parents go back to the original people who discovered this country. Everybody’s from Ireland, from England, from Italy, from France, from Russia, so I don’t know how it becomes O.K. to block a certain group of people from coming to this country.” - quote via NYT
See more of Albert Watson’s photos online at fedoras4fairness.com/albertwatson.