Tens of thousands of Global Citizens took action to earn tickets and attend Global Citizen Festival: Accra and Global Citizen Festival: NYC on Saturday, Sept. 24, marking a global campaign that culminated in more than $2.4 billion announced for the fight to end extreme poverty.
Global Citizens came to see their favorite artists in the lineups — including Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía in New York, and Usher, Gyakie, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Stormzy, SZA, TEMS, and Uncle Waffles in Accra. They also came to advocate for the issues they care about and continue taking action for girls, for the planet, to create change.
In New York, artist t-shirts and hoodies prevailed as the looming chill of fall invited a mix of long- and short-sleeved outfits. In Accra, the style was street casual with a unique touch of pan-African essence. From bold and colorful hairstyles to daring accessories, Global Citizens at the Black Star Square were intentional about putting on a full-fledged fashion display.
As well as being a fierce and determined global movement of action-takers, Global Citizens know how to deliver some strikingly creative and beautiful looks.
Here are some of the best fits we saw on the day.
Hunter F., Ava. A., Sévon B, and Annabelle F., New York
These four friends are working to advocate for Black Lives Matter, abortion rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Adrian V., New York
The No. 1 Mariah Carey lamb, Adrian spends his free time performing as the pop queen through drag. He also cares deeply about ending world hunger, having struggled with it while growing up, and helps people out whenever he can.
Adriana T., New York
Adriana wore this design from the fashion advocacy group Junk Kouture, which makes high fashion out of waste. This particular design was made from discarded face masks to draw attention to the rise in medical waste that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic.
Valeria B., New York
Valeria recently became a US citizen and is concerned with protecting and expanding immigrant rights.
Luz S., New York
As an M.D., Luz cares about vaccination and protecting her community from COVID-19.
She moved from Mexico to New York City two years ago and has been advocating for vaccination throughout the pandemic, urging her family to get vaccinated and stay safe.
Hurley S., New York
Hurley is passionate about standing up for sexual and reproductive health and rights, signing petitions and engaging in meaningful conversations on abortion with her family and loved ones.
Winnifred E., Accra
Winnifred loves festivals like the Global Citizen Festival because it offers a chance to meet like-minded people who care about the same issues she does.
Kristian cares about education for women and girls because it affords them the opportunity to create a better life for themselves.
Here are some more looks from Global Citizens who showed up and showed out in style in Accra, as festival-goers filled up Black Star Square to call for urgent action for girls, for the planet, and to create change.
It was such a beautiful experience in both New York City and Accra, with tens of thousands of energetic, passionate, and enthusiastic Global Citizens, hungry for change and a better world, coming together to take action on some of the world's biggest challenges in the mission to end extreme poverty NOW — and of course they did it in style.
Global Citizen Festival is calling on world leaders, corporations, and philanthropists to do more than they’ve ever done before to End Extreme Poverty NOW. Through our global campaign and with stages in two iconic locations — NYC’s Central Park and Accra’s Black Star Square — we united leaders, artists, activists, and Global Citizens around the world on Sept. 24 to achieve an ambitious policy agenda focused on empowering girls and women, taking climate action, breaking systemic barriers, and lifting up activists and advocates. But the fight isn't over yet. Join the campaign and take action right now on our website or by downloading the Global Citizen app.