A former international student from Nepal who became US citizen â€œa year and a half agoâ€ and who is a good friend to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is using his world famous talent to make sure she becomes the 45th president of the United States of America.
Prabal Gurung, whose name alone is enough of an introduction to his fame,Â is employing hisÂ art to help the better half of former US president Bill Clinton to re-occupy the White House. He is her celebrityÂ supporter because â€œsheâ€™s more qualified than our current president and previous presidents.â€ In anÂ interview with American magazineÂ Fast Company, it became apparent that Gurungâ€™s admiration for women in general began within his own family where he and his siblings were raised by a hard working single motherÂ who vehementlyÂ fought for equality.
The two became friends ever since they crossed pathsÂ atÂ Diane von Furstenburgâ€™s book signing party in 2014, he said during hisÂ interview with theÂ American business media.Â When heÂ introduced himself to Hillary Clinton, interestingly, she told him that she already knew him because her daughter (Chelsea Clinton) used Gurungâ€™s designs.
â€œI was blown awayâ€ he was quoted as exclaiming by the website of the magazine.
What is Made for History project
Made for History is a fashion-driven project launched by Hillary Clinton through which her supporters can contribute toÂ her presidential bid. The participating designers, Prabal among others, have used their signature styles to create T-Shirts that are sold through her campaign counters.
Once the NepaliÂ American designerÂ and Hillaryâ€™sÂ campaign team agreed on his participation in the project, Prabal Gurung designed redÂ T-Shirts adorned with white and blue flowers. As all things Prabal are, his creation for Hillaryâ€™s campaignÂ have been a smashing hit. According toÂ hillaryclinton.com, the US$ 45 a piece T-Shirts have long been sold out. What a beauty!
Why and how Prabal ended up designing T-Shirts for Clintonâ€™s presidential campaign
Few months after his chanced encounter with Hillary Clinton,Â she launched her presidential campaign, he said in the interview. ProlificÂ creative as he is, an idea came to hisÂ mind. He plannedÂ to use his â€œaudience and followersâ€ for something good. So he decided to contributeÂ to the Made for History T-shirt collection which was promptly accepted by Clintonâ€™s team.
Why heÂ supports Hillary Clinton
Gurung reckons the entire fashion communityÂ supports Hillary Clinton. As for himself, one simple reason â€“Â Â because he wants to cast his first ever ballot in America â€œfor the most qualified person to run for the presidencyâ€. In hisÂ interview,Â heÂ said he wanted to be able to go back to Nepal and tell underprivileged NepaliÂ girls there, â€œYou too can become this. No longer is your identity based on who you marry.â€ It is noteworthy that Prabal runs a foundation in Nepal which has beenÂ aptly namedÂ Shikshya Foundation â€“ â€œShikshyaâ€ being â€œeducationâ€ in Nepali language.
He further added that â€œas a person, as a designer, as an immigrant, and as a new citizenâ€, he believes in her as the future president. On the flip side, these exactly are the reasons why he does not believe in Donald Trump.Â However, he does not want to consciously influence his followers because they have their own opinions. But as a former international student who had his fair share ofÂ struggle in the run up to his conferral of US citizenship a year and half ago, he wants to see Hillary Clinton become the president of a country he now calls home.
HisÂ aversion to Donald Trump is evident, â€œI am a minority. I am an immigrant. He is against everything that I stand for. Heâ€™s against everything that I am. Electing him would send the message that we, as a society, are okay with the world shifting in that direction.â€
Below excerptÂ fromÂ the official website of Hillary Clintonâ€™sÂ presidential campaign sums up why Prabal GurungÂ supports â€œMadame President Hillary Clintonâ€.
â€œThe president of the United States is a leader, not just for this country but for the world as well. We need a pragmatic leader whose decisions can bring about much-needed change during these challenging timesâ€”on climate change, the refugee crises and larger issues of economic, domestic, and foreign policy.
With her experience and evolution as a leader, Hillary is the best equipped to lead.â€
In Prabalâ€™s own words: â€œA true muse, brilliant in her ideals, remarkable in her femininity, and passionate in her pursuits. It is an honor to dress Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan.Â Her Majesty wears the night crepe unbuttoned princess seam hand-embroidered feather and pailette jacket with the night crepe curved trouser with covered buttons from the Fall 2016 collection for the Clinton Global Initiative plenary session, â€œSurviving in the Worldâ€™s Toughest Placesâ€ at the United Nations in New York.â€
Prabalâ€™s love, respect and admiration for his mother and women in general
PrabalÂ chose to be a feminist because â€œwomen are the biggest path to freedom for any kind of equality in the worldâ€. He is painfully aware of the struggle women in less privileged societies endure. As for his own mother, she â€œwanted to break her own glass ceilingsâ€, he mentioned during his recent media interview forÂ Fast Company.
He said he was raised in a single-mum family. His admiration for his mother becomes apparent when he proudly talks about how sheÂ fought for equality.Â It is this affinity with the struggle of a woman that led him to believe that women â€œrepresent the freedom to choose your destiny.â€
ByÂ Ram Khatry