See the Incredible Dress Made From Flags of Countries Where Being LGBT Is a Crime

Look, we're all well aware that the United States isn't perfect. We know it isn't the best place to be if you're LGBT (emphasis on the T). But we're getting there, and for the most part, the progress we've made is significant. Sadly, though, that limited, incremental progress is light years ahead of other countries, and two Dutch designers and a trans model have the fashion statement to prove it.


That statement comes in the form of a 15-foot-tall A-line silhouette, a deep V-neck, and a fabric composed of the flags of all 72 countries where homosexuality is still illegal. All in all, it's more stunning than you're imagining: 

During the opening walk of euro pride in Amsterdam 2 weeks ago, 72 flags of 72 different countries where homosexuality is against the law were present, in 12 of these countries you still get the death penalty for being gay. the COC (Dutch organization for LGBT men and women) collected these flags and together with Fashion designer Matthijs van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik they decided to make these flags into a giant rainbow dress. That's when the idea started. I then was asked to come on board to create a image. And where best to do that then in front of one of the most beautiful paintings in the world "the night watch" by Rembrandt in "Het Rijksmuseum" Roger and I decided Monday morning to fly out that same night to holland to do this project that in many ways is very close to our harts. Everyone spend a crazy 4 days of pre and post production but we did it and we delivered. I am more then proud to present the beautiful Valentijn de Hingh in the Rainbow dress in the Honor gallery of "Het Rijksmuseum" Thank you Arnoud van Krimpen, Jochem Kaan and everyone that made this all possible in such a short period of time. Thank you Happy pride everyone! Let there be Love! #rijksmuseum #nachtwacht #nightwatch #coc #valentijndehingh #pieterhenket

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Pieter Henket is the photographer who captured the shoot, and (as he explains in his caption) fashion designer Matthijs van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik came up with the idea to stitch together a rainbow from the colors of the flags of nations where it's still a crime to be LGBT -- a crime that, in 12 of the 72 countries, is punishable by death. 

Those laws are more active than we want to believe, too -- just this week, Gigi Gorgeous, a famous trans YouTuber, was detained in Dubai for literally nothing ... except being trans. And that's just one story that made headlines this week. The ramifications of these laws go way, way deeper. 

Anyway, the idea with this dress is that as each country changes its laws to accept the LGBT community, its flag will be removed from the fabric and replaced with a rainbow one instead.

The model they chose for the project is Valentijn De Hingh, the first trans model to sign with IMG Models. Clearly, she's perfect. We mean, look:

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But we digress!! The dress! The dress was debuted during the opening walk of EuroPride, which was hosted in Amsterdam this year. It's a reminder that for all the pride we have and all our wins so far, we're not at a place yet where anywhere in the world is as safe for a LGBT person as it is for a straight cis person, so our work isn't done yet.

But guys: We're getting there.


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