Taylor Swift, Jaden Smith, Janelle Monae And More Urge Voters To Mobilize Ahead Of U.S. Election

Several notable voices in Hollywood are urging the U.S. public to vote in a special V Magazine cover shoot.

Taylor Swift, Jaden Smith, Janelle Monae, Bella Hadid, Chris Evans, Halsey, Janaya Future Khan, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Mariah Carey, Megan Rapinoe and Paperboy Prince star on 12 covers for the publication’s V127 special.

“The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of colour deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included,” Swift says. “Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first.”

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“I’m voting because I haven’t been happy with the leadership,” Smith chimes in. “I don’t feel as though I’m being represented or that I’m being listened to, or that the Black community is being represented or listened to at large. Things need to change, starting with how we treat the people of colour in the nation and how we’re allowing these systems of racism to still exist and for us to still follow them. That’s the main thing that keeps me up at night.”

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V127: THE THOUGHT LEADERS ISSUE Cover 4 of 12: @c.syresmith (Musician and Activist) “I’m voting because I haven’t been happy with the leadership. I don’t feel as though I’m being represented or that I’m being listened to, or that the Black community is being represented or listened to at large. Things need to change, starting with how we treat the people of color in the nation, and how we’re allowing these systems of racism to still exist and for us to still follow them.” Head to the link in bio for the full feature & pre-order V127 now to get the issue before election day! — Photography by @inezandvinoodh Interview by @daniacurvy Casting by @itboygregk — Be sure to register to vote on our V IS FOR VOTE hub, created in collaboration with @plus1vote!

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Monae echoed many of the sentiments shared by Smith.

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V127: THE THOUGHT LEADERS ISSUE Cover 6 of 12: @JanelleMonae (Actor and Artist) “This country is on life support. The current administration is not even lending an ear to the people: Black people, women, the LGBTQIA+ community…The people I love. I grew up in one of the poorest counties in Kansas City. My grandmother was a sharecropper in Aberdeen, Mississippi, who migrated to Kansas for a better life. She had 12 children and worked as a cook at the county jail for 25 years. This is someone who was alive when women couldn’t vote and lived through the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It was deep for her: She lost friends and family members, saw her brothers and sisters killed, for trying to integrate. She encouraged us to vote in their honor.” Head to the link in bio for the full feature & pre-order V127 now to get the issue before election day! — Photography by @inezandvinoodh Interview by @samandersondotcom Casting by @itboygregk — Be sure to register to vote on our V IS FOR VOTE hub on vmagazine.com, created in collaboration with @plus1vote!

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“I will be voting against racist policies and tactics that have continued to oppress and traumatize Black people,” she says. “Even I have been gerrymandered, just before the election of [Atlanta Mayor] Keisha Lance Bottoms, my county was redistricted, meaning her name was not on my ballot. After the election, my county went back to the original county lines. That is gerrymandering, and it is used to oppress and separate our voices.”

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V127: THE THOUGHT LEADERS ISSUE Cover 9 of 12: @MariahCarey (Musician) “Voting is so important because it is one way to show up for ourselves and our communities. It’s an opportunity for us to honor our ancestors—those that were unable to vote because of racism and sexism—and elect people that we can hold accountable. I am so proud of the young people organizing, particularly Black people, who are leading this movement. Everything feels so hopeless, but when I see the organizing power and the people who are leading this movement, I am hopeful because this is the future of our world.” Head to the link in bio for the full feature & pre-order V127 now to get the issue before election day! — Photography by @inezandvinoodh Interview by @owenmyers Fashion by @aryehlappin Makeup by @kristoferbuckle Hair by @sergenormant Nails by #Sunshine Casting by @itboygregk Mariah wears top MICHAEL @Michaelkors / earrings @cartier — Be sure to register to vote on our V IS FOR VOTE hub on vmagazine.com, created in collaboration with @plus1vote!

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“Voting is so important because it is one way to show up for ourselves and our communities,” Carey adds. “It’s an opportunity for us to honour our ancestors – those that were unable to vote because of racism and sexism – and elect people that we hold accountable. I am so proud of the young people organizing, particularly Back people, who are leading this movement.”

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Chris Evans has been very politically active on social media and shared his thoughts in V Magazine.

“I think we are on the cusp of a really motivated, driven generation of young people who are very awake and connected. It is such a platitude, but they really are the future,” he explains. “It’s always the students, isn’t it? Whether it was the civil rights in the ‘60s or today, its’ always the young people [working toward change].”

“With every younger generations, they care and less about the archaic social norms that people before them are trying to preserve. Now more than ever, young people are involved in shaping the political and social landscape,” the “Captain America” star concludes. “It really is like a potter’s wheel and these young voices are molding our future.”

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