Designer, founder of Mental Health Coalition
Kenneth Cole has been using his platform as a fashion designer to promote social issues for more than 30 years. Not a stranger to controversy, Cole has created catchy slogans and raised millions to support AIDS research, homelessness, global warming and same-sex marriage.
In May 2020, Cole announced his latest endeavor, the Mental Health Coalition. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, mental illness was a global public health concern.
The coalition was created to unite leading mental health organizations, media platforms, advocates and celebrities to work toward destigmatizing mental health conditions. It prompts people to answer the question “How are you, really?” honestly, allowing themselves to be vulnerable and empathetic.