We have to applaud fashion designers who use their platform to speak out about our country鈥檚 current political climate: Prabal Gurung鈥檚 clothing had such a strong, feminist statement (and impression), that it made Bella Hadid cry; and the CFDA is doing its part with the Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood initiative. Now Mara Hoffman chose to kick off her fashion show by magnifying the voices behind the Women鈥檚 March on Washington.

Before Mara鈥檚 collection debuted, Women鈥檚 March co-chairs civil rights activists Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Brooklyn designer Bob Bland, and singer/activist Carmen Perez gave a joint speech about the importance of empowering marginalized women.

Dressed in all black, the women read the words of activists like Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and Maya Angelou, in addition to the Women鈥檚 March鈥檚 mission statement.

The Women鈥檚 March co-chairs explained in a joint statement to Refinery29 that they felt compelled to participate in Hoffman鈥檚 presentation. 鈥淪o many of our communities are being stripped away from basic human rights, that we must all come together and use our platforms to stand together,鈥 they said. 鈥淲e commend Mara and other designers who have made a public stance on today鈥檚 political climate. The days of just sitting back and hoping for change are no longer an option.鈥

The show was a feminism-inspired dance featuring models wearing Mara鈥檚 new collection as Maya Angelou鈥檚 Phenomenal Woman was read in the background over percussion. 鈥淭his is the chance to show that there can be a cross section of fashion, politics, and activism in the name of social justice and women鈥檚 empowerment,鈥 Mara said in a statement. 鈥淭hese are necessary things for all people.鈥

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(h/t Huffington Post; photos via Michael Stewart/Getty)