Models, Uighur activists protests outside studio at start of New York Fashion Week

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Models and activists rallied outside the center of New York Fashion Week on Sunday to call on brands not to use cotton made through forced labor by members of China’s Uighur minority.

“The fashion industry profits directly from Uighur forced labor,” Sara Ziff, head of activist group the Model Alliance, said outside Spring Studios in Chelsea. "We can no longer deny the reality of genocide in fashion’s global supply chain.

“Are you profiting off the oppression of a whole people?” she added, addressing designers showcasing their work this week.

The rally of about 50 came as the U.S. is readying to block cotton and tomato imports from China’s Xinjiang region, where about one million Uighurs have been detained in forced labor camps, according to the United Nations.