'Peace, love and unity, may have been left behind in the Seventies but, along with flowing caftans and flowers in our hair, protest movements for the greater good are seeing a revival
We millennials are a fickle bunch. One day protesting all manner of discrepancies − #FeesMustFall, #ZumaMustFall, femicide, #MenAreTrash − and the next, rallying up the troops in support of everything from the #CapeStorm and #KnysnaFire to #ReclaimTheCity.
But that's not to say we don't care about the causes we tout from week to week. It just means we believe we can make a difference in the world, no matter how small. And no, we're definitely not the 'flower children' of the Seventies, proclaiming peace, love and unity for all; I'd like to think we're a lot wiser than that. But with the state of our nation, and possibly the global climate, right now, there are many causes that are close to our hearts. This presents somewhat of a dilemma as we can't afford − emotionally, physically or financially − to support them all.
That being said, this is a love letter to the youth. Those that are young and those that are young at heart. Just like the youngsters of 16 June 1976, no matter what cause − or causes − we choose to believe in, we also have to believe that our actions will make a change, however slight. So no matter how you're celebrating Youth Day 2017 − be it in the company of friends, helping the homeless or disadvantaged, feeding the sick, walking a shelter animal or putting a smile on someone's face your actions have an impact. You may not see it now, but those you touch with your presence definitely feel it. And that's something worth supporting.
All garments: Lalesso and Osei-Duro at Merchants on Long
All shoes: Brother Vellies
Photography: Samantha Pinto
Stylist: Chandra Mophethe
Beauty: Zainab Slemang van Rijmenant