Women’s History Month 2019.


There’s nothing more powerful than when women come together.

Last Saturday I hosted seven women at my house to take fun portraits, drink mimosas and fellowship with one another. Some of the ladies knew each other, others didn’t, but it turned out to be a beautiful and rewarding experience. While sitting and listening to everyone’s stories, it made me appreciate not just the women who have paved the way for me, but the women currently on the same path I am. A lot of the time we look to women who may be out of reach or older than us to give us inspiration but sometimes all you have to do is look to your friends. From social media mavens to media girls, these are a few of the many women that inspire me everyday.


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Alexis simmons

Age: 25

What do you do? I’m a Consumer Marketing Manager for MTV/VH1/Logo

Who is a woman around your age that is an inspiration to you and why? Jaisa Minor! Since the first day I met her in high school she's always been a person who says exactly what they want to do and does it with grace. No excuses, if she wants something, she's going to achieve it.

Instagram: @_alexisbreanne


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morgan brown

Age: 22

What do you do? I’m a Social and Digital Content Creator 

Who is a woman around your age that is an inspiration to you and why? I am always so inspired by my best friend Makala Kusi. She is the truest and purest form of 'living boldly and unapologetically'. Our friendship challenges me daily to live in truth, vulnerability and compassion, which has not only been monumental in my career, but also in life generally. I don't have an answer as to where I would be in my self-journey of healing, growth and introspection without her. I am forever grateful for this women and her everlasting light!

Instagram: @itsheymorgan


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effie cudjoe

Age: 25

What do you do? I’m an Artist Marketing Specialist at Spotify

Who is a woman around your age that is an inspiration to you and why? This is a GREAT question. Can I say all my friends? They're amazing, hard-working women who always inspire me to do and want better for myself.

If I must pick one person, I'll say my best friend Jhonell. She's balanced law school, extracurricular activities, and working full time for the past 4 years and I can barely make time for anything outside of work. I've seen her work tirelessly to accomplish her goals, and still makes time to be an amazing and generous friend.

Instagram: @effietc



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simedar jackson

Age: 24

What do you do? I’m an Esthetic Student and Freelance Beauty Writer

Who is a woman around your age that is an inspiration to you and why? I have three women: Lauren Work, Taylor Shaw and Aria Charles. These women are not only some of my very best friends but the strongest willed and most intelligent people I know. They inspire me to keep reaching for my goals and they always fight for what they believe in.

Instagram: @simedarjackson


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shelby hyde

Age: 25

What do you do? I’m a Fashion Copy Editor at Moda Operandi

Who is a woman around your age that is an inspiration to you and why? I wouldn’t say it’s one woman in particular, more like eight. My entire girl-tribe inspires me in different ways. After nearly six years of friendship it’s truly amazing to see all their hard work and dedication pay off. So, when self-doubt seeps in or I’m feeling a bit discouraged, my girls are a constant reminder that nothing is out of reach. Their tenacity and drive pushes me to be the best version of myself and really tap into my unique skill-set to fulfill my greater purpose. We all explored completely different career paths, but having the support of such strong women no matter what we do, or what coast we’re on, is unmatched.

Instagram: @theshelbyying


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nicole dei

Age: 25

What do you do? I’m an Account Coordinator at HBO; host & creator of The Naked Truth with Nicole Dei

Who is a woman around your age that is an inspiration to you and why? Jasmyn Lawson is creating content with Netflix at Strong Black Lead that's truly changing the game. Not only is the content super relatable, but it's a breath of fresh air to see Netflix pay attention and work hard to relate to their black audience. Jasmyn is putting on for the culture in the most positive way!

Instagram: @alldei_nikki


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jacquelyn green

Age: 27

What do you do? I put people of color on to professional opportunities in advertising, creative and comms related industries.

Who is a woman around your age that is an inspiration to you and why? I have a few! Gia Peppers, Imani Ellis of The CCNYC, Morgan Peterson and Anuli Akanegbu. All of these women have created their own lane and they own it both creatively and effortlessly. They embody staying true to themselves, while leveling up and giving back to their community.

Instagram: @Jackie_Tayler

Written in their own words

Photography by Morgan Peterson