MIILKIINA COMMUNITY 100
We are proud to present our #MiilkiinaCommuniity, a curated index spotlighting members of our global community and beyond who inspire us. Our ever-evolving list will spotlight 25 individuals quarterly. First up, 10 women we admire featured in honor of International Women’s Day. Women we choose to celebrate and highlight for their voice, work and impact. This day is a necessary reminder of how we got here, a time to reflect on the progress of social and cultural achievements, and what lies ahead.
MEET THE WOMEN
1. Marjon Carlos
Journalist, editor, and public speaker Marjon explores the intersection of style and culture, a theme cultivated from her academic research in Gender and African American Studies at Brown and Columbia Universities. Her self-produced advice show on Instagram IGTV, “Your Favorite Auntie” is an honest dialogue between her and her guests, uncovering topics from identity, to wellness, social activism, and love. Marjon challenges what influence means today, encouraging the power behind owning your ideas and exhibiting building structures removed from outside influence.
2. Céline Semaan
Vocalizing a need for change to educate and inspire movements is one thing, Celine and her collaborators actually do the work to make it happen. The designer and writer is the force behind The Slow Factory Foundation, a 501c3 public service organization working at the intersection of climate and culture, building anti-racist community and growing climate-positive global movements. Celine’s work is committed to finding solutions for social and environmental justice.
3. Evelynn Escobar-Thomas
Eve is a storyteller rooted in authenticity and activism. As the founder of Hike Clerb, an LA-based intersectional womxn’s hike club, Eve has created a space that champions the representation of people of color in the outdoors. Eve is dedicated to equipping Black, Indigenous, womxn of color with the tools, resources, and experiences they need to collectively heal in nature from Los Angeles and beyond.
4. Telsha Anderson
Telsha is living proof of the power of intentionality. Launching her concept store T.A. New York in the outbreak of the pandemic was a result of trusting instinct against the odds. Her hand-picked in store selection of independent and Black designers represents a deeply personal experience of inspiring a new conversation in the current fashion landscape. Coupled with her radiating positivity, Telsha’s work is a reminder that results require action, and there’s no time like the present.
5. Iman and Yousra El Deeb
As Managing Director and CEO, sister duo Yousra and Iman are providing the opportunity for young models through their agency, UNN Models. Unn is the first modeling agency of its kind in Egypt, disrupting the region’s beauty standards through showcasing diversity, charisma and presence. Drawing on Iman’s experience as an international model, UNN provides genuine representation for new faces and proper development of talent, devoted to placing models both locally and internationally.
6. Pam Nasr
Film director, model, fashion, and set stylist Pam Nasr radiates creativity in its best form: experimentation. The Lebanese native made her award-winning directorial debut with the short film Clams Casino which she also art directed. Pam translates her stories through powerful aesthetics that can transport viewers into her world. Her visual creative identity is expressed both behind and in front of the camera, fulfilling her need to communicate stories that inspire her.
ABIR’s sensational voice coupled with unapologetic authenticity is one powerful combination. The US-raised Moroccan pop star is breaking barriers and the misconceptions of what an Arab-Muslim woman is expected to look and feel like. She takes on the challenge daily with pride, and with the intention of inspiring others to do the same.
8. Shelby Ivey Christie
It’s through the valuable work and passion of individuals like Shelby that we can discover and recognize the socio-political and economic role of fashion in society. As a fashion and costume historian, Shelby examines Black history and how it intersects and affects the cultural climate. Along with partnering with brands, agencies and publications to create impactful content, Shelby also consults for TV and film, providing extensive research for costume.
9. Briana Mendez
Community is more than a starting point for Briana, it’s the spirit driving her work as the co-force behind La Nueva Link: a digital and IRL community for Latinx creatives and media professionals. Playing a role in every intersection of culture, their work goes beyond building connections within the community, but collaborating across industries and opening doors for generations to come.
10. Ibtihaj Muhammad
Fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first female Muslim-American athlete to win an Olympic medal when she took home the bronze in the team sabre event at the Summer Games in Rio, representing the US. The activist has also launched her own modest clothing company, Louella and inspired the launch of a hijabi Barbie in 2017. Ibtihaj uses her voice to engage in dialogue on the importance of empowering women and championing inclusivity in sports.
This index is not an exhaustive list. This is an opportunity to recognize the change-makers that are learning, challenging, and dreaming, just like we are. With that being said, we want to hear from you. We want to know the names and talents that are inspiring you from all around the world. Tell us who you think needs to be recognized, who is contributing to the betterment of their society, fighting for a cause, or reshaping their industry. Stay tuned for our additions at the end of the month!
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and share the name, location and brief description of your nomination.