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    International Women's Day

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, Foot Locker has teamed up with five female creatives to share their perspective on how female empowerment has shaped their view of the world. Their work is a powerful tribute to all women out there. So today we celebrate something we have known for years, long before Beyoncé sang about it: Girls run the world. Happy International Women’s Day!


    Serena Brown – Photographer from West London

    Can you introduce yourself? Tell us who you are.

    Hi, I’m Serena and I’m a photographer from West London.

    Can you explain your creative concept?

    For International Women’s Day, it was important for me to document female empowerment by capturing the energy of the women closest to me, through photography. I wanted to show how important it is to have independent, ambitious women close to me on a daily basis. 

    What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

    International Women’s Day for me means celebrating all the successes of the strong women in my life and making sure March isn’t the only month of the year we acknowledge them. 

    Which other women currently inspire you? And why?

    I’m honestly inspired the most by the creative women around me who are really holding their own in an industry that’s very male dominated. Lily Lyons for her insane musical talent and Nadia Akingbule for being the sickest illustrator I’ve ever seen. Definitely give them both a follow: @lilylyons_official @nadiaakingbule.

    FEMYEAH – Sneaker Blogger from Essen

    Can you introduce yourself? Tell us who you are.

    Hi, I am Agathe, I’m 34 years old and I live in Essen, Germany. I run the blog FEMYEAH, but day to day I’m an IT Manager.

    Can you explain your creative concept?

    When it comes to my style it’s always about staying cosy. I am not into boots or heels or shoes like that. I wear sneakers to every occasion possible. I make a conscious effort to wear all the pairs I own regularly.

    In my shots for my blog or Instagram I’m always trying to stay true to myself. I only show things that I really like and am genuinely interested in. I want to ensure that I am authentic and true to who I am 100% of the time. It is about loving what I do and showing who I am.

    On my Instagram I try to vary my content and show a mix of clean sneaker shots with crisp details, daily outfits to show how I match my sneakers to pieces in my closet and every now and then I post some shots of day to day life.

    What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

    I think it is so important to support female empowerment and to be aware of the fact that the world is not as equal as it should be. In my opinion girls (well, everyone) should be empowered to do what they are passionate about and not what someone has told them they should be doing. We need to stand up for our ideas and our passions. No matter what. And a day like this is a good occasion to keep that in mind.

    Which other women currently inspire you? And why?

    For me it’s important to surround myself with other supportive girls. I like the work of Sanne from “GirlOnKicks”. We met a few times and she is a very positive person who just pursues her goals relentlessly. And I like her style – she is authentic.

    Beni Rivas – Hand Embroidery Artist from Madrid

    Can you introduce yourself? Tell us who you are.

    My name is Beni Rivas and I’m from Spain. I love mixing two of my passions in my work: sneakers and embroidering.

    Can you explain your creative concept?

    My expression through embroidery is part of the cultural heritage of the women in my family. In the piece I did in collaboration with Foot Locker I wanted to show the evolution of the women's rights movement lead by the millions of women who have preceded us and how thanks to them, we as women now have many of the same rights and opportunities as men. The piece represents four feminine figures in violet tones that from my point of view, represent four key moments in the evolution of women’s rights: the fight for the female vote, the 60’s liberation, the inclusion of woman in workplaces that were historically masculine, and the modern woman who is now informed and educated.

    What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

    I think it’s a celebration in honour and remembrance of women’s empowerment that is celebrated by all (men and women) who value equality. I don't think you have to be superwoman with a cape or a mother and career woman to feel complete, that understanding, I think, is empowerment.

    Which other women currently inspire you? And why?

    Without a doubt, my mother and sister. At a societal level any woman who speaks from a place of respect and tolerance inspires people to change. Any person can contribute to that, no matter how small their actions.

    Blachette – Illustration Designer from Paris

    Can you introduce yourself? Tell us who you are.

    My name is Camille, I'm the French illustrator known as BLACHETTE & I live in Paris. I’m addicted to sneakers.

    Can you explain your creative concept? 

    In my illustrations, I wanted to demonstrate gender equality. We need to stop thinking that working women have to wear skirts and heels to be taken seriously. Nowadays, she is a hard-worker with sneakers on.

    What does International Women’s Day mean to you? 

    For me, International Women’s Day is very important, we have all experienced issues because of gender inequality. We can see how far we’ve come, even if there is still progress to be made. Today is a retrospective of look at all of the battles that have been fought. Today, we are aware of female empowerment. Every day should be International Women's Day!

    Which other women currently inspire you? And why?   

    The woman who inspires me is Serena Williams. She is a great athlete. She has worked really hard to achieve everything she has, and she is still fighting for women's rights. Also, my grandmother, when she was young, she fought for her right to wear pants. Back in those days, something as simple as a woman in trousers was frowned upon. Huge respect to my Grandmother - she is a real feminist.

    Beba Ounce and Rossella Essence – Italian rapper and Italian Producer/DJ

    Can you introduce yourself? Tell us who you are
    We're a rap duo: I'm Beba, the singer, and Rossella Essence is the producer/DJ

    Can you explain your creative concept?

    Beba: For us, this campaign's core aim is to show the potential of women through our music.

    Rosella: It really takes a lot of hard work and determination to make it happen. You must never stop believing in what you do.

    What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

    Beba: For me, International Women's Day celebrates the achievements made by modern working women. 

    Rosella: I agree, it also celebrates how hard women have had to work to get here.

    Which other women currently is inspiring you? And why?

    Beba: We really admire the Spanish singer, Rosalia, for her songs and how she uses them.

    Rosella: Autotune is something I had never heard of before, and it is a big inspiration for us and our work.