By Selene Raj
Calvin Klein’s campaigns have featured some of the most famous supermodels and celebrities globally: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and one of Coral Springs’ very own residents—Chris Gomez.
As part of their campaign One Future for their unisex fragrance, #CkOne, the fashion brand, featured 11 young Americans from across the country.
They were photographed against the backdrop of their hometowns, and the campaign aimed to give them a larger platform to voice their hopes, concerns, and thoughts about the future leading up to the election.
Gomez, 18, born and raised in Coral Springs, was selected as one of the eleven.
“We’ve been promised a better future for a long time—we want something more,” Gomez said in the video shared by Calvin Klein.
In the video, Gomez said that after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, he saw the impact of gun violence in his community, which led him to be more politically involved.
Gomez shared that he and his friends have since attended marches and protests together.
“Even though we’re young, we know how crucial it is to take part in a movement we believe in,” he said.
A billboard in Manhattan was part of the campaign, in which Gomez was featured with the caption “’ I say we listen to the people,’ Chris, 18, Coral Springs.”
Along with Gomez—the ten others featured in the campaign were young Americans with unique perspectives and locales, including Juan Paul Flores Vazquez, an aspiring filmmaker and DACA recipient from Texas, Jawn Davis, an avid skateboarder and artist from Compton, and Quannah Chasing Horse Potts, an advocate for protecting sacred land from oil development, who is from the Rosebud Lakota Nation in Alaska.
The brand also selected photographers for the campaign who were connected in some way to the place they were working in—for Gomez, that was Miami-based artist and photographer Rose Marie Cromwell, who captured images and videos of him and his friends in her city.
In their i-D interviews, each of the 11 was asked to describe their hometowns.
When asked about Coral Springs, Gomez said, “I live in Coral Springs, Florida. My community makes me think of culture and influence.”
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- Selene Raj is a writer and a Florida International University graduate. Born in Trinidad and raised in America, she completed her Master’s in Mass Communications in 2020 and has been living in Coral Springs since 2004. She is passionate about the communities she lives and works in and loves reporting and sharing stories that are as complex and meaningful as the people who live in them.
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