For the last decade I've worked as a model for clients like Prada, Calvin Klein, Vogue and Elle. In 2012, after completing an honors thesis for Columbia University’s political science department about grassroots public art and political power, I became convinced that grassroots artists and media makers are powerful agents of change. I use my unique background to bring alternative content and culture to the mainstream. As a writer, producer, and engagement strategist I find creative ways to bring together art, fashion, social media, and activism.
I’ve produced video content on topics ranging from climate change to race and gender equity, and I gave one of the top twenty most popular TED talks of all time on the power of image. You can find me writing aboutclimate change, public art and political power, modeling, and more.
In 2013, I founded Space-Made, an artist collective based in Brooklyn. We tried to create the space and support needed for grassroots artists to speak and work as experts and problem-solvers, work only they can do.
Throughout 2013-14 I edited and published Interrupt Mag, an experiment in community storytelling, with a focus on youth marginalized and misrepresented by mainstream media. We stopped publishing articles in Oct 2014. Our readership hovered around 400,000. (Check out this girls & body-image photo series and this guide to appropriation vs. appreciation.)
I'm an advisor to: Hollaback, Design Studio for Social Intervention, Bitch Magazine, Art & Abolition, and UN advocate for the Women & Trade Programme at the ITC.