les girls les boys’ round-up of five individuals who are inspiring us right now; embodying our attitude, spreading positivity and power.

 

 

masami hosono
Masami Hosono
Creative Director, VACANCY PROJECT

Masami opened her gender-neutral hair salon ‘VACANCY PROJECT’ in NY after 6 years styling in Tokyo. She gained attention for her laid-back Instagram announcement of equalising her rate for men and women’s haircuts. Masami’s creative following were moved. “It wasn’t just about the hair salon,” Masami told i-D Magazine, “[i]t was right after the election and people were thankful for this small thing.”

@masamihosono
 

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Stefani NurdingStefani NurdingStefani Nurding
Stefani Nurding
Skateboarder

Stefani is a figurehead of the UK’s skateboarding scene. She was the first British girl invited to the US open, has her own brand of skate clothing and grip-tapes and she volunteers at free craft workshops for everyone to enjoy. Teaching children to skateboard at House of Vans, Stefani feels strongly that we should focus on girls and boys equally. To support the younger generation, she says, “we should have female focused nights and safe spaces, but at the same time we should teach all genders alongside each other…teach them all to get along and respect each other, or the divide is only going to grow rather than narrow”.

On analogue lomo, instax, polaroid and disposable cameras, Stefani also captures skateboarding from her unique gaze; not specifically female or male, just to present the scene she feels she’s part of.

@stefaninurdingxx
 

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Shibon KennedyShibon Kennedy
Shibon Kennedy
Fashion Editor - at - large, The Fader

Shibon is the stylist behind Rico Nasty’s covershoot for The Fader. We love how she celebrates her and her peers’ successes on social, most recently writing of her work with Off-White and Serena Williams for Nike: “To be on a @beyonce curated issue, with the first black photographer @tylersphotos on the front and my work on the back ——- If you told my 18 year old self this would be my life, I never would’ve believed any of you. I literally just cried tears of joy!!!!! Life is truly wild.”

@shibonleigh
 

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Kendall JennerKendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner
Model

Kendall gets a lot of bad press. And Pepsi was bad. But in her recent interview for LOVE Magazine’s anniversary issue, she bared her soul and her skin, to get real about her mental health struggles. That’s honest and brave - especially for someone with such a huge and critical audience.

@kendalljenner
 

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Jameela ElfakiJameela Elfaki - Azeema Magazine
Jameela Elfaki
Founding Editor, Azeema Magazine

During her final year at CSM, Jameela founded print magazine AZEEMA, “exploring resistance and femininity within Middle Eastern and North African women and Women of Colour”. Through editorial photography, opinion pieces and interviews, the magazine “challenges and confronts issues surrounding representation and diversity by creating a space that is inclusive and celebratory of culture and faith”. Dazed, i-D, Metal, Hunger and Mille all took note.

@jameelaelfaki
 

 

 

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