Dec 20, 2016
Khuraira Musa's career as a successful make up artist and creator of a cosmetics line that bears her name is a far cry from her humble beginnings in a small village in Northern Nigeria. Life began in an orphanage after her mother died in childbirth. She was later adopted by an aunt, who had very little. They lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. What Khuraira says she didn't lack, was a tremendous amount of love. Listen in as she shares the details of her life in Nigeria and here in the States in this riveting, no-holds barred conversation.
Aug 23, 2016
Get up close and personal with EMME, the world's first curvy supermodel, whose career spans more than 2 decades. She's a recognized advocate for positive female body image, giving women a platform to feel beautiful and empowered. A tv personality, author, businesswoman and creator of her own clothing lines, EMME was the first model invited to appear before a Congressional subcommittee looking into how to increase public awareness of eating and body disorders. Needless to say, there's plenty to talk about!
Jul 21, 2015
If you want more Friday Jones, you're in luck! Listen in to Part 2 of my conversation with this creative, engaging, out there, impressive woman who's not afraid to tell it like it is.
Jul 14, 2015
It's estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. has at least one tattoo. One of the body artists responsible for that statistic is Friday Jones. She has a studio on Manhattan's 5th Avenue and in Porto, Montenegro. Tune in to Part 1 of this no-holds barred conversation with a classically trained artist who shares what it's like to make it in a mostly man's world.
Jun 23, 2015
Houston native and New York-based artist Mary John Frank's creativity has taken her in several different directions. The choreographer and director has worked in film, on stage, music videos, fashion, multi-media and installation art.
Her latest project - Debutaunt, is an inter-active dance-based show that explores the age old tradition of being presented to society. In her adapation, the audience is invited to attend a debutante ball and gets to know 5 VERY different debs.
In a time when 'coming out' has taken on an entirely new meaning, the concept of a young woman being formally introduced to society is jarring.
Oh, by the way, Mary John is a former deb herself.
May 19, 2015
Hera Navassardian was 21 when she began modeling for Bob Mackie, Geoffrey Beene, Zandra Rhodes and other famous designers. During her 30+ years in the fashion business, Hera has also worked as a makeup artist and stylist. In 2007 she opened Klymaxx Unlimited, a boutique and transformation studio in Provincetown, Mass. for women AND men that includes the LGBT community. Hera's got plenty to share in this engaging conversation.
Apr 14, 2015
Nicole Bryl's mission? To make people look and feel their most beautiful whether they're walking the Red Carpet, posing for a fashion spread or making a television appearance. The celebrity make up artist has been doing just that for the last 30 years. Her client list includes Brooke Shields, Debra Messing, Naomi Watts, Melania and Ivanka Trump. She's created and developed her own product line - Nicole Bryl Artisanal Vitamin C Skin Care. Hear Nicole's personal and professional story.
Mar 10, 2015
This week we revisit our conversation with Wendy Crawford. On a summer day in 1984, while driving to the airport for her first international modeling gig, 19 year old Canadian Wendy Crawford was
hit by a drunk driver. Wendy never walked again. As she struggled to
come to terms with life as a quadriplegic, Wendy saw the need to develop
a way to raise awareness of, and become an advocate for, women facing
physical challenges. So, in 2002, she founded mobileWomen.org, an online
magazine that provides information and a community for women in
wheelchairs. Her story is one we all need to hear.
Jan 20, 2015
In her more than 30 years working in broadcast, print and digital journalism, Lisa Anderson has covered a lot of territory - fashion, politics, war, terrorism. Twenty-five of those years was spent as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and its New York Bureau Chief. Most recently, Lisa developed TrustLaw Women, a web site devoted to global women's legal rights and issues for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She also covers women's rights, good governance, anti-corruption and humanitarian issues.
Nov 18, 2014
Meet Valerie and Jean, aka the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas. Since 2009 these style and fashion bloggers have been working to raise the visibility of older women, and as such, are role models for those often ignored by designers and society. The IF's credo is 'growing old with verve,' while at the same time, to set a bad, bad example for older women everywhere!