It’s been an age since we last caught up with these two local talents, and with it being NZ Music Month, I thought it high time to round up all the goss and achievements these two female powerhouses have collected since 2014! There’s awards and albums and tours and even a new baby girl in the mix! Get ready to be blown away and then fall HARD for these ladies all over again (and again, and again)…
Cindy may no longer skate pro, but what she has been up to is supporting the hell out of the next up-and-coming international female skaters, with her brand and blog, Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word (GN4LW) Teenage girls who are are performing on world-class scales, in bowls and on vert ramps, rivalling their male counterparts. Which is a big freakin deal in a sport and culture that has historically been sooo male-dominated.
Yup, the world’s a freakin’ mess right now. But what can we do about it?? Celebrate International Women’s Day! There’s lots of little happenings going on around the country, with speakers at each, there to inspire and encourage you to work towards a better, brighter future for women, men and children. Remember, feminism is about equality. Not about women rising above others, but about rising to the same level. It’s about being seen, heard, respected and valued.
Barbara cultivated her label for the modern working woman, like herself, who wanted to look polished and chic in the 1960’s world. Her ethos was always to make “beautiful clothes for women to feel good in” . I hear you on that one, Babs! She also told nzgirl: “One of the nicest compliments I received from a client was that my clothes made her feel beautiful.” There’s a transformative power that can be found in beautifully made clothing; the elevation of confidence, posture and grace that comes from a beautifully tailored suit or gown is second-to-none.
This month I’m crushing all over a lovely local pin-up lass, who goes by the name Miss Monique Sweet. You may recognise her from such kooky Devel custom designs as the famous Watermelon Skirt, and Strawberry Two-Piece seen at last year’s Very Vintage Day Out event in Auckland. She was also the spark for the fire that is the Freshly Squeezed collection. And now she is up for one BIG EXCITING opportunity in the form of being crowned Miss Viva Las Vegas 20!
I’ve grown up as a punk kid, so pins and patches have been a part of my personalised fashion vocabulary since the way back. I’m loving this 80’s/90’s throwback we’re currently experiencing, where you can get almost anything you want in pin form, to add to your jacket or bag, already glistening with your personalised pin-game. You want to say something loud and proud to the world? You can find a pin to do that. Which makes it such a great medium for artists, particularly feminist artists, to spread their work and their word.