Los Angeles, CA
In the course of developing her eco- and human-friendly couture, L.A.-based designer Christina Kim has braved riots in Nepal, violent religious clashes in India and a nasty, brutish standoff between striking teachers and the state governor in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Other designers might regard such encounters merely as a necessary cost of doing business in the increasingly globalized high-fashion world. But Kim, who was born in South Korea and moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1971 when she was 15, sees her risk-taking odysseys as part of a deeper commitment to treating people, as well as the planet, with empathy and respect. - LA Times