Like many who are in self-isolation right now, actress Jane Fonda is delving into the world of comfortable outfits. Today, she modeled a heather gray tracksuit in the corner of her living room with a fresh lacquer of red lipstick. (She was also petting a puppy.) The set featured a rainbow jersey stripe with “Fonda” printed down the sides. But it’s no ordinary sweatsuit. They’re currently for sale and 100 percent of the net proceeds will go to benefit Fire Drill Friday, Fonda’s cause that urges politicians to pay attention to climate change, and One Fair Wage, which advocates for full minimum wage for workers. “Each purchase will help the fight against climate change and provide assistance to our service industry and tipped workers affected by Covid19,” she wrote in the caption. Fonda had initially shown off the sweats a week ago, but then she referred to them as “my Jane Fonda sweats.” After a flurry of positive comments, including one that read “not to be a capitalist but……do you sell these????”, Fonda decided to make them for sale. The decision to sell the sets comes after Fonda noted in November that her red coat would be the last item of clothing she’d purchase.
This isn’t the first time Fonda has used fashion to make a political statement. She has long been wearing the aforementioned bright red coat to her Fire Drill Friday demonstrations on Capitol Hill, where she’s been arrested multiple times. She’s also Instagrammed herself in red socks with climate activist Greta Thunberg’s face, noting that people should react towards climate change the way they are reacting towards Covid19. Speaking of the Covid-19 crisis, last month Fonda wore a red Working America bandana around her mouth and wrote: “@CDCgov @kamalaharris @speakerpelosi this is NOT personal protective equipment. Bandanas and scarves provide almost NO effective protection when #Covid19 patients are highly contagious.#ProtectNurses and save lives: strengthen PPE guidelines for frontline health care workers NOW!”
Fonda’s style has always played a part in how she approaches activism whether it is intentional or not. Back in 1970, she was arrested on her way home after an anti-Vietnam War talk in Canada after police had seized a bag of vitamins, claiming they were drugs. (She was taken to jail on drug smuggling charges.) In her mugshot, she famously sported a mullet and a raised fist. In her memoir My Life So Far, she called the ’do “My first hair epiphany.” And like each of her activist looks, her latest fashion moment speaks volumes.
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Originally published on Vogue.com