International Women’s Day

As a website ran by two women in creative industry, we know the importance of having a supportive girl gang around you. As you know, everyday we celebrate indivduality and progression of female talent but to celebrate International Womens Day 2016 we’ve caught up with our favourite women killing it right now about the influencial women in their life….

Shama Anwar,

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do…
I work within music and art. I co own my own digital PR agency named Pressd PR where we represent artists from outside of the UK and handle their press here. As well as this I dj and share my musical taste with people from time to time 🙂
In what way have the women around you progressed you into the woman you are today?
Growing up with my mum and my sister the women around me are responsible for every aspect of me. I learnt and have moulded myself as a person and learning how to only depend on myself!
What advice would you give to any emerging young creatives?
Keep working, sometimes it seems like its not going to pay off but persistence is key.
Any girls we should be looking out for in 2016?
Softest hard, really really cool producer/dj living in LA and my current internet girl crush, she’s awesome to talk to as well!

 

 

Kesang Ball, Business Woman and Creative Muse

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do…

I’m a proud Tibetan and Scottish born Oxford gal who moved to the big city when I was 18. Moving to London was the first time I was able to be independent and learn how to take control of my own life. Im now based in Shoreditch and work primarily on the product development side in tech start ups. I love how innovative technology is, and being at the forefront of creating something vibesy and useful that people love using is my idea of a wet dream . In my final year studying computer science and business at UCL, I cofounded Harp, a music sharing app (launching this month on the App Store – go download it!). I’m now working on a travel app called Trippin and another secret project you’ll be hearing about soon! On the side, I love keeping my creativity alive by drawing cartoon females – I’ve got a series called Love Galz coming out soon!

In what way have the women around you progressed you into the woman you are today?

My mum is the strongest influence on me by far. She was a Tibetan orphan who fled across the Himalayas into a northern refugee camp aged 7, when China invaded my country in the 50s. Her strengthen, pure energy and self belief continue to always amaze me and influence my growth journey in life. Im also so lucky to have such a diverse and strong collective of female women constantly around me, who inspire me to think, push boundaries and excel through their own array of qualities and strengths.

What advice would you give to any emerging young creatives?

2 things. First, failure is nothing but a lesson and second, always go with your gut.

Any girls we should be looking out for in 2016?

Keep an eye out of Pussy Palace!!!! The beautiful art by my friend Alewya and the to die for collection by my dear friend Mimi Wade!

 

Phiney Pet, Designer
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do…
I’m Phiney – womenswear designer and creator of London fashion label Phiney Pet. Painter, sewer and drawer…everything I do is about the woman for the woman. 
In what way have the women around you progressed you into the woman you are today?
The matriarch of my family, my Gran, played a huge part in making me the woman I am today – a single woman who worked every day of her life to put food on table for her whole family, alongside volunteering to help young mothers and women who migrate to Britain with little or no support. She has an open door policy, “never turn anyone away and always feed them”….she taught me the importance of being the kindest you possible. Never underestimate how important it is to be a decent human being. 
What advice would you give to any emerging young creatives?
No one prepares you for how tough being a young creative is going to be but remember just having creativity is like holding a four leaf clover. Not everyone will understand exactly what it is you are trying to do, sometimes you will feel like you don’t understand what you are trying to do. Often It will feel like some people are skipping ahead whilst you are glued to the spot, use this time wisely to not be bitter but to plan something amazing…soon it will be your time to skip ahead. Good things comes to those who wait, great things come to those who have a plan.
Any girls we should be looking out for in 2016?
Jeanie Annan-Lewin and the release of her babin’ new magazine Moodboard
Robyn Fitzsimons – the cutest, mullet donning MUA in the game
Klein – Musician babe who modelled for me so SS15, even Justin Bieber gave her a shoutout the other day.
Feature illustration by Polly Nor @pollynor
Writing by Lucy-Isobel Bonner @libonner
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