Models who preach about climate change share snaps of lavish lives

Preach from the beach: Models who are self-proclaimed climate change activists share snaps of lavish trips abroad, drive gas-guzzling cars and admit taking shells from exotic shores

  • Models Lily Cole, Daisy Lowe, Portia Freeman and Arizona Muse 
  • Recent ‘Instagram takeover’ project saw Portia travel to Dubai and Mauritius
  • Days earlier she took her young son to a climate change strike in central London 
  • Revealed she took shells and coral from the beach as keepsakes for her children
  • Study revealed doing so can risk damaging ecosystem and endanger organisms
  • London-based model also travelled to Ibiza and drove a Range Rover to a festival

Model Daisy Lowe was forced to defend her use of private jets to fly around the world last night, after revelling in climate change protests.

This week’s Extinction Rebellion demonstrations have brought parts of London to a standstill, with climate change activists willing to get arrested for the cause and even glue themselves to planes.

Despite her dedication to helping the planet, Daisy used a private jet to fly to Milan in February 2017 – and shared a snap of her posing beside it with her 350,000 Instagram followers.

But she’s not the only model risking being accused of eco-hypocrisy. A number have been very outspoken about saving the planet on their social media accounts – while simultaneously sharing snaps of them on exotic holidays abroad. 

Daisy Lowe was among the famous faces who attended this week’s Extinction Rebellion protests in central London

Last night the model was forced to defend her use of private jets to fly around the world for her exotic holidays

Portia Freeman

Vogue model Portia, who has regularly walked for designers including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen, has been vocal about her thoughts on climate change on her Instagram page.

Last month the mother-of-two, who is married to Pete Denton, guitarist in The Kooks, shared a snap of her and son Dylan attending a climate change march in Trafalgar Square with her 22.7K followers.

She captioned the image: ‘A pic of me standing firmly behind my boy today. Standing closely behind so he could find his voice. 

‘Encouraging him to use his voice and to never be afraid of doing that. Encouraging him to hold his placard higher so his words can be read. Those words he chose so carefully for others to see! He held it high! Being at Trafalgar Square today, hearing kids speaking from their hearts about climate change was one of the most powerful experiences I think I’ve ever witnessed. Defos embarrassed Dylan by crying.

Last month Portia shared a snap of her and son Dylan attending a climate change march in Trafalgar Square with her 22.7K followers

In May Portia shared this image of her posing on the wing of a private jet in a celebratory pose

Portia jetted off to Dubai, followed by a trip to Mauritius as part of an Instagram takeover ‘six day adventure’ days after attending a climate change protest

‘I’m honoured to have been able to hear their words, they’re certainly doing their bit – now it’s time for us to think more about their future on this planet.’

The following week, Portia revealed she’d jetted off to Dubai, followed by a trip to Mauritius as part of an Instagram takeover ‘six day adventure’.

Clearly enjoying island life, she told how she enjoyed breakfast on a boat and found herself ‘hunting for washed up shells and broken coral’ which she said were ‘perfect little keepsakes to take home to my children’.

It appears Portia didn’t quite take into account the impact of doing so on the environment, as taking shells from beaches risks damaging ecosystems and can endanger organisms that rely on them for their survival, according to a 30-year study published in 2014. 


Portia appears to have a penchant for Range Rovers and Land Rovers, sharing images of various expensive motors on her Instagram

Clearly enjoying island life, she told how she enjoyed breakfast on a boat and found herself ‘hunting for washed up shells and broken coral’ which she said were ‘perfect little keepsakes to take home to my children’

London-based Portia recently shared photos from glamorous jaunts to Ibiza, Paris and Croatia (pictured)

As well as trips to the UAE and Mauritius, London-based Portia recently shared photos from glamorous jaunts to Ibiza, Paris and Croatia, as well as a snap of the silver Range Rover Evogue she drove to Bestival.

In May she shared a snap of a black Land Rover Discovery which she’d used for a weekend away, as well as a shot of her posing on the wing of a private jet.

Arizona Muse

Another model with designs for saving the planet whilst being seemingly unaware of her own carbon footprint is Arizona Muse, 31.

She has attended a number of protests in recent months, from the Youth Climate Action Strike to an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in May.

Arizona, 31, has attended a number of protests in recent months, from the Youth Climate Action Strike to an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in May (pictured)

The model pledged her support for the Youth Climate Action Strike on social media and attended in person

In one post of her stood beside a banner with her two children Arizona wrote: ‘We have a #ClimateEmergency on our hands and even our admirable UK government declares it. Do what you can, every effort to reduce waste and emissions counts. You are not just one small drop of water in the ocean.’

The ocean is certainly a common theme on the British-American model’s Instagram account, as Arizona has also shared dozens of snaps of her posing on the deck of a yacht, frolicking in the waves and paddling in the sea with her 239K followers. 

Recent posts show her cavorting with her family on the Greek island of Mykonos, partying with friends in Capri, skiing in Japan and enjoying a boat trip off the coast of Ibiza.


Recent posts show Arizona cavorting with her family on the Greek island of Mykonos, partying with friends in Capri, skiing in Japan and enjoying a boat trip off the coast of Ibiza

Arizona appears to have opted for commercial flights over private jets, sharing one image of her with her youngest child at an aiport with a British Airways plane in the background


Arizona has also shared dozens of snaps of her sunbathing in lush gardens, frolicking in the waves and paddling in the sea with her 239K followers

Though Vogue regular Arizona does appear to have opted for commercial flights over private jets – sharing one image of her with her youngest child at an airport with a British Airways plane in the background.

Amber Valleta

American fashion model Amber recently took to her Instagram page to stage a digital protest to show her support for saving the planet.

In a passionate post, she wrote: ‘I’m striking on social media by only posting content related to the #climatestrike and amplifying the youth leaders who have the most to lose and are demanding action on climate change. 

American fashion model Amber recently took to her Instagram page to stage a digital protest to show her support for saving the planet

Amber has also called on the fashion industry to use its ‘ability and ingenuity to be a major change agent

‘I’m striking because the climate emergency is urgent. Please join me by reposting this commitment and/or committing to post only strike related content today.’

Since then she’s shared video clips of young activist Greta Thunberg speaking at the UN and called on the fashion industry to use its ‘ability and ingenuity to be a major change agent’.

Amber, 45, also modelled for Stella McCartney’s Winter ’19 campaign #AgentsforChange which draws awareness to fashion’s role in climate change. 

Last month Amber shared a photo of her posing beside an Emirates jet which she took to New York Fashion Week


Amber has also shared snaps from her exotic holidays abroad, featuring sandy beaches and stunning scenery

But these posts are interspersed with images of her modelling at Paris Fashion Week, holidaying at a picturesque beach resort and posing beside an Emirates jet which she boarded to New York Fashion Week.

There’s also a string of holiday snaps from trips abroad to Puglia in Italy, Sedona in Arizona and Jamaica. 

Lily Cole 

Recently, model-turned-actress Lily backed calls for UK banks to ‘radically transform’ in order to take climate change more seriously.

She said: ‘I’ve long believed in voting with your wallet for the change you want to see in the world – for example, supporting Fairtrade and organic food and fashion. Yet there are other subtle and powerful ways that our money shapes the world, such as the investments made by our banks, pensions and the institutions we work with.’

Lily, 31, has also been vocal on social media, sharing a photo of her lying on a plastic-strewn beach in Sardinia to make a point about pollution

In April Lily shared a snap of her wearing a Greenpeace T-shirt and expressed support for Extinction Rebellion protestors who were arrested for their ‘peaceful civil disobedience’

Lily, 31, has also been vocal on social media, sharing a photo of her lying on a plastic-strewn beach in Sardinia to make a point about pollution and a picture of her in the Amazon rainforest, which she revealed she’s visited twice – presumably by plane.

During the recent fires, she wrote: ‘Praying for the life it contains and my friends who live within it. The threats forests face have existed for a long time: I hope we don’t forget the value of forests even after the fires go out and the news stops reminding us to pay attention.’

In April Lily shared a snap of her wearing a Greenpeace T-shirt and expressed support for Extinction Rebellion protestors who were arrested for their ‘peaceful civil disobedience’.

Lily is also guilty of sharing photos from her travels around the world, with enviable images from Brazil, Yosemite national park and the Italian island of Panarea, to name but a few

Explaining she wasn’t in the UK to be there in person, she wrote: ‘I often have sleepless nights worrying about our climate crisis, and the world we are creating for vulnerable communities, ourselves and the generations ahead of us. 

‘XR are demanding the UK commit to being carbon neutral by 2025 – the UK government are currently considering a commitment of carbon neutrality by 2050. If XR encourage them to make that commitment – even to make it earlier than 2050 – that would be a triumph.’ 

But Lily is also guilty of sharing photos from her travels around the world, with enviable images from Brazil, Yosemite national park and the Italian island of Panarea, to name but a few. 

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