AFRONOIRE'S Women of International Women's Day 2016
For the last three years that running AFRONOIRE has been running, I have met some of the most incredible, inspiring and kind hearted women, who have directly and indirectly supported the growth of this platform. These women are making an impact within the different fields they work in, from social enterprise, fashion, design and other. Meet Jacqueline Shepherd (Broadcaster, Presenter), Simone Bresi-Ando (I'mPossible), Bukky Fatusin (Curlvolution), Gabrielle Smith (iamthenublk) and Jacqueline Shaw (Africa Fashion Guide).
Jacqueline Shepherd is all of that good jazz and more! She's a multifaceted broadcaster, who has worked on radio and continues to work on TV. You'll sometimes catch her on the red carpet, doing what she does best - reporting in a way that she only can, honestly, eloquently, cool and light-heartedly. Her role as the lead anchor on Sky 1's 'Whats Up' Series has underscored that she is able to present and tackle all subject matters from social, entertainment and beauty! Wearing a fro as a crown, she champions natural beauty and is what it means to be 'naturally' oneself, through her mannerisms and in the comfortability she exudes. As a contributor to AFRONOIRE, Jacqueline has written some of our most engaging reviews and interview pieces on the subjects of hair, social events and more.
Simone is the founder of the social enterprise, I'mPossible - a platform empowering young women of colour, which also celebrates their achievements through quarterly events and more. With excellence, optimism and inspiration at its core, I'mPossible creates room for honest and important conversations to be had amongst women of colour, that concerns or affects us. The platform consequently serves as a medium of support and provides solutions through its network of phenomenal women.
Bukky is the founder of the largest Natural Hair & Beauty Show in the UK for women of colour. Curlvolution takes places once every year in the month of May. The event is more than a beauty show. It serves as a platform for women to connect and share their experiences. Five years running, Curlvolution appears to be getting bigger and better, each year attracting some of the natural's hair community most popular bloggers/vloggers such as Taren Guy, Gina of Natural Belle; Laila of Fusions of Cultures and retailers like, Shea Butter Cottage, Big Hair and others. The brand has expanded into offering its audience a lifestyle subscription box service, serving products and tools for them to achieve both their beauty and personal life goals.
Founder of the award-winning, culture and arts platform - The:nublk, Gabrielle is a talented graphic designer by trade, who has successfully cultivated a community in which black creatives from Africa, the Caribbean and the diaspora are able connect, collaborate and share. Thanks to Gabrielle, we, like many others have been able to connect with other creatives and have had the opportunities to be exposed to their endeavours, whether it be at a Spike Lee movie screening, followed by a groovy, Afri-eclectic party, talks or exhibitions. Professionally, Gabrielle has worked at ITV (one of the UK's leading broadcasting company); created tees, that can only be described as being dope and is on a journey to crafting greater things which will be nothing but our honour to share and support.
Jacqueline Shaw is the founder of Africa Fashion Guide - a platform that focuses on promoting the African fashion and textile industry to the global textiles industry. Holding a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion and a Masters Degree in Ethical Fashion, Jacqueline is also a Fashion Designer by trade and has authored and self-published her first book 'Fashion Africa' - first published in 2011 and republished by Jacaranda Books in 2014. In addition, Jacqueline has launched Fashion Africa Business Workshops, taking places over 6 weeks. The event will include talks from influential voices within the industry and will fulfil the purpose of guiding fashion designers and businesses to successfully produce or source from Africa.