As a 20-year veteran of the modeling industry, Ford Direct’s Monica Watkins has a Dior campaign to her name, a longstanding relationship with Dolce & Gabbana, and most recently, a Nivea commercial to add to her portfolio.
For most, that would be enough to stay busy. But Watkins has a deep commitment to philanthropy, and through the Art in Motion foundation she started in 2008, the model has worked with orphans in Haiti, fought back against domestic trafficking in New York, and brought the work of at-risk artists to a global audience. Next up? Back-to-back Art in Motion shows at Art Basel Miami Beach and the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.