Indya Moore, American actress, activist and model, known for her role as Angel in the series Netflix, Pose, and protagonist of one of the 100 covers of Vogue Italia of September 2020, is among the faces of the advertising campaign Tommy Hilfiger spring 2021, centered on the theme “Moving Forward Together”.
The campaign is led by a diverse cast of international activists such as Compton Cowboys, Jameela Jamil, Kiddy Smile, Mogli, Tom Grennan, Monica Guo and Indya Moore, committed to fighting for a society that wastes nothing and welcomes everyone. Through their stories and missions, talents want to inspire fans to create a better future. Portrayed in the looks they love and in the places where they feel most at home, the protagonists of “Moving Forward Together” demonstrate how we can make a difference in every environment and community.
We interviewed Indya Moore who told us about the experience on set, how her life has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and her role as an actress on the popular Netflix series. Read the Q&A!
IP. Can you tell us a funny memory from filming the Tommy Hilfiger campaign?
IM. Honestly it was a great honor and a fantastic experience. Everyone was so warm! I felt so included in this team of artists. There was so much joy and great energy. The production crew was so welcoming. I enjoyed it so much that all my “bloopers” on set were greeted with light laughter and without any judgment. I felt so recognized and safe. I agreed to fall on the beach, roll an orange in my face and break glasses while dancing on a table and turned it into fashion LOL.
IP. The campaign focuses on the theme “Moving Forward Together”; what do you think if i say the word “together”?
IM. An intersectional alliance focused on the most marginalized people in our societies around the world. To be seen and not to be isolated.
IP. Do the places photographed in the countryside have a symbolic meaning for you? If so, which one?
IM. Where I was was not as important as who I was with. For me, the place doesn’t matter as much as the journey, when walking together. Isn’t that what symbolic meanings are made of anyway?
IP. What is the look of the campaign in which you recognize yourself the most and why?
IM. All. I feel that fashion itself mirrored me. Without borders, without limits and free. I loved all the pieces in the collection. They seemed genuinely flexible in terms of gender. Tommy’s creative team was also very receptive to my input. I am so grateful to them for recognizing me, my vision and also for including me in their vision.
IP. The last year has changed everyone’s life, what have you learned during this time?
IM. I have learned and continue to learn that human beings have a tremendous capacity for compassion when we need it. These times have been extremely difficult for everyone, especially the people in my community, yet through all this chaos, oppression and incompetence of government bodies, every day people are still managing to take care of each other, going towards freedom. and liberation. We live in a world where the personal profits of a few matter more than people and if we truly want to move forward together, we cannot leave anyone behind. I also learned how courageous and strong vulnerability allowed me to be myself. People have been wearing masks long before COVID-19, and I hope more and more people realize that our greatest assets are with each other. We get closer when we strip our layers with care, compassion and a commitment to understand one another.
if we really want to move forward together, we can’t leave anyone behind
I also recently learned about my Taino ancestors. So often this world tries to erase people’s indigenity, especially when we are black. Many of us (Tainos) have been generationally forced to abandon our identities, our culture and our spirituality, but I believe that it deserves to be preserved, protected and honored, especially when I think I belong to bloodlines that have barely survived.
As Afro Taino, reclaiming my roots has been an ingrained experience for me and challenged the false narrative that my people went extinct simply because many of us are (also) black. It also brought me very close to knowing that my ancestors did not have a concept of gender and moved freely, not only between lands but also in gender and sexuality. The Tanio were culturally polyamorous and believed in justice. Much of what my ancestors were confirms who I am. I feel like I have been given permission to live authentically, regardless of the colonial social boundaries that I have to cross to be myself.
IP. A message that you would like to send to the new generations?
IM. “You are not defective nor do you need to be fixed. Rather you are deeply hurt and in need of care” – Arielle Schwartz, Phd
IP. One thing you have in common and one opposite to the character of Angel Evangelista in Pose?
IM. We both survived through sex work and not necessarily by choice. Angel’s resilience is something I connect to and as I mirror myself in her, this adds a level of authenticity to the role. We both value family and a sense of responsibility. We are both trans, but we identify with our gender experiences differently. Angel is a woman, I am non-binary and I identify with femininity in a very different way. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t really know how to do vogueing well, I’m not a dancer. I’m trying to learn but I admire the art form and the community, which I have great respect for.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t really know how to do vogueing well
IP. A memory of the photo shoot you did for Vogue Italia last year?
IM. Dominique Duroseau, a multifaceted photographer and artist, was the protagonist with me of one of the 100 covers. She was photographed on the same day as me. I kept gravitating in his energy. It seemed very familiar to me. I almost stopped her photoshoot to check and infuse her with some love. I learned that she was a photographer and that she was Haitian. We got along right away. He doesn’t spend as much time in front of other people’s cameras as he spends behind and in front of his camera.
I was not very comfortable. Being a black woman featured in a prestigious fashion magazine can be very stressful, even when we’re invited and wanted. I felt very nervous in front of photographers as a black trans person, because I’m never sure they see my beauty the way I see it myself. It so often happens that Western fashion provides a box, within which we are invited to express ourselves, and we rarely manage to express the fullness of ourselves within those boundaries.
Being a black woman starring in a prestigious fashion magazine can be very stressful
Knowing that she was a photographer too, I wanted to make sure she was seen as such and that her great beauty was properly recognized and true to her idea of herself, as we live in a world that rarely elevates and centers magnificent and precious beauty. of black people, especially when this beauty has dark skin, and especially when this beauty is not thin. So I showed up with some music and Dominique and I gave birth to something sacred and personal in that space where we could be fully ourselves and we could feel free. I recognized her and I wanted her to feel recognized, and in control of that space, in the same way I did. I am grateful to have come in such contact with her, I felt less alone with her presence.
The Spring 2021 collection is available on tommy.com, in Tommy Hilfiger stores and in select partners around the world, starting February 2021.