There has never been a more opportune time to celebrate women around the world, so in honor of International Women’s Day, I’ve rounded up some of my most beloved female creatives. From new faces fresh out on the SS17 runways to female skate crews, each of the following women inspire me for a particular reason. It’s important to be unabashedly authentic always, but especially today when both the present and future are so uncertain. Join me as I celebrate the power of femininity, unity, and representation.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, photographer Tony Gum is known for her beautiful creative eye and aspirational sense of style. Effortlessly cool and sophisticated, her photos vibrantly embrace the West while maintaining elements of her African heritage.
British poet, model, and actress Yrsa Daley-Ward writes sweet poems that trickle off the tip of your tongue when read aloud. Soft, womanly, and poignantly honest, her work is best digested as a celebration of the lived female experience. Follow her work here.
The Brujas is a female skate crew in the Bronx. Skateboarding is an art form that promotes freedom and unity – despite these core values, many male skaters still uphold antiquated patriarchal attitudes that often exclude women from participating. Taking ownership of their love for skateboarding in a male-dominated arena, the Brujas (Spanish for witches) promote a culture of sisterhood, having each others backs while they cruise through the city in a pack. Keep up with them via Instagram here.
Known for both walking Yeezy Season 5 in her hijab and being the first-ever beauty contestant to compete in a hijab and burkini, Halima Aden is a force to be reckoned with. Stunningly beautiful and authentic in every sense of the word, the model is making waves for publicly normalizing the hijab within the fashion world. Keep tabs on her here!
Berlin-based Ji-Yeon Kim is a painter who’s latest creative endeavor, City of Singles – Portraits of Tinder, features watercolor portraits of the faces she saw while swiping through Tinder. A beautiful take on the rotating elements of digital courtship, Ji-Yeon’s work references the way in which technology affects modern life.