Model, author, activist and speaker, Summer Rayne Oakes is the World’s First Ecomodel. She has made it a mission to align her passions for people, style and nature in everything that she does. Listen to an inspirational speaker with a focus on the environment, women’s issues, entrepreneurship and fashion.
From Environmental Scientist & Entomologist to EcoModel & Entrepreneur
Summer Rayne Oakes was rocking in the rainforests, studying sewage sludge and reclaiming mine sites when she was hit with the idea that the fashion industry could be an interesting way to spread environmental awareness…
Oakes is recognized as The World’s First Ecomodel and she has created a career which aligns her values to her work. She is author of a bestselling style guide Style, Naturally as well as the co-founder of Source4Style, an award-winning B2B marketplace which connects designers directly to suppliers of sustainable material around the globe. She has helped develop more environmentally-preferable collections in collaboration with a variety of brands, including Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line, Aveeno, MODO eco eyewear, and Portico Home.
Summer Rayne Oakes is Editor-at-Large for ABOVELIVE and she has recently written-produced her first film – an environmental art short called eXtinction. It was released at festivals this year. Vanity Fair has named Oakes a “Global Citizen,” CNBC called her one of the “Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs of 2010” and Outside called her one of the “Top Environmental Activists.”
Summer Rayne graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology. She is also a Udall environmental scholar, National Wildlife Federation Fellow, PERC Environmental Fellow, and Cartier “Women in Business” Laureat.
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