Happy International Women’s Day! I just wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite female creators. These are the gals that inspire me most of all and I’m sure you’ll find a new muse among them for yourself.
Today is a great reason to show some love to the amazing women around you. Of course, we should do this every day too! Whilst we sure have a long way to go in terms of reaching equality, it’s important to shine a light on the wonderful women out there who are absolutely smashing it in their fields.
So get out there today and show some love to your girls. I’ll be wearing my girl power shirt* with pride, I hope you will be too!
Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman & Gina Delvac
These gals come as a triple! If you’re not clued up on the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, you have some serious catching up to do. CYG is the only podcast where you can keep up to date with American Politics & the Kardashians in one place. The way they only refer to Donald Trump as “Ivanka’s Dad” honestly gives me life. These girls are smart, funny and I really want you to check out their podcast if you haven’t already. The podcast is essentially made up of Skype conversations between two close friends and have been listened to by women all over the world. Despite their rise to fame, Aminatou and Ann manage to stay to open and genuine, even sharing the fact they have a huge weird crush on Keanu Reeves.
A fashion blogger from London, Ana has quickly become one of my favourite UK bloggers. Literally every post on Faded Spring is a perfectly written article, with beautiful photography and amazing outfits to match. It can often feel like in-depth fashion posts are a dying art, with many writers opting for professional photography and a short description of their outfit drenched in affiliate links. Ana on the other hand writes from the heart.
Her recent Valentine’s Day post about her aunt really struck a cord with me, and just goes to show how important it is to have a strong female role model. This is just another example of how Ana manages to strike a balance between awesome style and thoughtful content. Her outfit posts always seem to have a poignant message to them, which is rare to find these days.
If your idea of modern day girl power anthems goes no further than Little Mix, I have a real treat for you. M.O are our generation’s TLC. They are amazing. You might already know them from their song ‘Not in Love’ with Kent Jones, but scroll back through their back catalog and you’ll discover some banging tunes that make you want to conquer the day!
Dance on My Own is literally the only remedy you need when you’re going through heartbreak. I’d honestly put it right next to ‘Its not right but its OK‘ on my playlist. Its that good!!
I’ve been a huge fan of Anna since the =3 days of Youtube – which makes me feel MEGA OLD. Not only is Anna involved in some really cool projects (see above for my fav), she also serves up the most relatable and candid videos on Youtube. She manages to tackle life’s big issues in the most succinct and entertaining way.
Her acceptance speech about Asian women in film is something that makes you appreciate her content even more. Knowing that in the face of stigma, she still bares her soul online and doesn’t let anything get in her way.
This beautiful woman is not only an amazing blogger, she has also recently become one of the faces of Nike’s brand new plus size range. I’d sneakily followed Grace on my work’s twitter account to keep up to date with her witty take downs and brilliant content last year, but it was her Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets documentary on BBC3 that really solidified her as one of my all time favourite women. The documentary was one of BBC3’s most viewed shows, reaching over 1.5 million views across BBC One & BBC Three Online combined.
Fat shaming me and my girl on our Nike campaign is hilarious. We be laughing all the damn way to the bank ☺️
— Gracie 🖤 (@GraceFVictory) March 6, 2017
Despite coming under fire from online trolls this past few weeks, her response was simply “We’re laughing all the way to the bank”. If that doesn’t scream ‘fuck you, I’m doing me’ I don’t know what does. Nike didn’t just choose Grace for her influence, they picked her because she’s a body positive badass.
It’s hard to watch Amber’s rise to Youtube fame and not root for her. Her bubbly personality is completely infectious but in the video above, she get’s real about where it all started and how her life hasn’t always been so glamorous. This is what I love about her most of all.
Despite coming across on instagram like a total boujee baddie, Amber is not afraid to talk about her cheap wardrobe, messy bedroom & DIY designer look-a-likes. She pulls down the veil that makes life online look so perfect and shows young women the truth behind those curated instagram moments. Filming with just her camera in her hand, her vlogging style is such a throwback and whilst you can tell she’s a professional, there’s something so personal about every video. It’s as if you were having a chat with your best mate! If you want to live a little luxe on a little budget, you’ll love Amber. (One time, she even made a fake marble floor – genius)
— T A Y L A – B L U E (@taylabluee) February 11, 2017
Tayla is the mastermind behind the Hotmess! brand. Not just another ecommerce dropshipping site, Hotmess! stocks items designed and made in the UK. Ever since 2013 the brand has been going from strength to strength, adding Baby Milk and Baziic to their fast expanding range.
When you look at the ecommerce landscape in the UK, it’s dominated by male-owned businesses like Boohoo, PLT and Missguided. That has never put Tayla off. The Hotmess! team aren’t chasing the success of others, they’re paving their own way. Definitely a great brand to watch and support!
Of course Stormzy has become the poster boy for grime (and rightly so because he’s so cute), however it’s Lady Leesha who definitely brings it home for the gals. Her Queens Speech freestyles are hilarious. Who else is out there with lines like this: “Pathetic, your weaves synthetic | If you think that you’re gonna get past me | Then you can forget it! | Like, hello, do you hear me? | I’ve been dying to let you know that you’re the biggest wasteman”
Her recent UNLEASHED2 track had me vibing one moment and depressed the next, which actually makes me really excited to see what she gets up to when she’s back off tour. If you haven’t listened, it’s here, but watch it til the very end because there is a serious change of pace. *Spoiler alert* For someone with such a huge platform in the UK to openly talk about racism and suicide is actually rare. Whilst it seems ‘trendy’ to make a statement these days, Lady Leesha is much more genuine because these are all her own experiences. Clearly she has much more to talk about than cripsy bacon lips and with all eyes on UK rap right now, it’s the perfect time for her to grab the spotlight.
The #Unsent project is the brainchild of artist Rora Blue. It’s like a much more raw version of post secret and depicts the 2am texts you have to think twice about before sending. You know the ones, they’re sat in your drafts right now. Her artwork has become short stories in their own right. You can submit your own text messages here.
Before Post Secret, Rora also focused on a project called ‘Handle With Care’, which details all the bullshit, sexist comments women face on a daily basis. Perfect for International Women’s Day right? I’m moving at the end of the month and I’ve promised myself that I’ll treat myself to a print once I’m settled. I’d highly recommend following Rora’s instagram feed to keep up to date with her thought-provoking projects.
If you think some of your favourite female creators have been missed off the list, I’d love to know who your favourites are in the comments below.