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MICHAELA DEPRINCE

Michaela is an American ballet dancer, born in Sierra-Leone during the decade long civil war. She rose to fame after starring in the documentary First Position in 2011. She published her book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina in 2014.

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INGRID SILVA

Ingrid is a Ballerina. Born and raised in a favela of Rio de Janerio, this rising star began her career at aged 8, through a social program that seeks out students in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The odds against her, Ingrid flourished under rigorous training.

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ELIZABETH DAY

Elizabeth Day is an author, journalist and broadcaster. Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How to Fail is Elizabeth Day’s latest book: part memoir, part manifesto, this is a book for anyone who has ever failed – in other words, everyone.

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ELARICA JOHNSON

Elarica is british model and actress, known for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), A Discovery of Witches (2018) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). She stars in the drama P-Valley, addressing issues of colorism, racism, and LGBTQ+.

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EMMA DABIRI

Emma Dabiri is an Irish model, BBC television presenter, visual sociology researcher, and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS. She has published in a number of anthologies and is the author of the book, Don’t Touch My Hair.

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JACQUELINE EMERSON

Jacqueline is an American actor, singer, composer, writer, and burgeoning director. She rose to prominence after she portrayed Foxface in the film The Hunger Games. Jackie has also performed with professional theatre companies.

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SANDY POWELL

Costume designer Sandy has won three Academy Awards for Best Costume Design for her work on the movies Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria. She has also received fifteen BAFTA Award nominations, winning for Velvet Goldmine, The Young Victoria, and The Favourite.

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HEIDI MURKOFF

Heidi wrote the world’s bestselling book series on pregnancy and parenting, 'What to Expect'. Her first book, 'What to Expect When You’re Expecting', which she wrote after giving birth to her first child, has been touted today as the “pregnancy bible”.

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DAISY BUCHANAN

Daisy is a journalist and the author of How To Be A Grown Up, The Sisterhood, and the novels Insatiable and Careering. She hosts the You're Booked podcast where she interviews legendary authors as well as the Daisy Is...series, conversations with women about sex and work. 

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AVA DUVERNAY

American filmmaker Ava won the directing award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award. She also became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Glove Award for Best Director.

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TAVI GEVINSON

Tavi is an American writer, magazine editor, and actress. She came to public attention at the age of 12 due to her fashion blog Style Rookie. By the age of 15, she had shifted her focus to pop culture and feminist discussion.

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YRSA DALEY-WARD

Yrsa is a writer, model and actor. She is known for her debut book, Bone, as well as for her spoken-word poetry, and for being an Instagram poet. Her memoir, The Terrible, was published in 2018, and in 2019 won the PEN/Ackerley Prize.

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HANNAH ROSE THOMAS

Hannah has organised art projects for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and Yazidi women who escaped ISIS captivity in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her portraits have been shown at the European Parliament and Westminster Abbey.  

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ARIANA AND THE ROSE

Ariana and the Rose is an independent electro pop singer and songwriter based in Brooklyn. She launched her Tiktok in March 2021 with messages of female empowerment and commentary on life, dating, body issues and more while sat at the piano.

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MARIAH IDDRISSI

Mariah Idrissi is a British model, public speaker, and online personality. Idrissi initially gained recognition as the first Muslim hijab-wearing model when she appeared in H&M’a “Close the Loop” campaign in 2015.

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ASHLEY JAMES

Ashley James is a highly sought-after DJ and presenter, she is also an articulate social commentator and dating & empowerment coach whose quick-wit, goofy sense of humour and authenticity have won her a legion of fans and an impressive social media following.

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HEB ON THE WEB

Heb is a musician who uses her songwriting abilities to create catchy jingles to create awareness and levity around important topics, and sometimes just her own opinions! She lives in LA, has a dog named Rocky, and loves to roller skate.

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MISSY MODELL

Missy is a viral musical comedian, with a focus on amplifying social justice issues through comedy and education. She is also the founder of YES MAM Creative, an acclaimed consultancy that specializes in mission-based brands and female thought leaders.

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TIFFANY MOON

Tiffany Moon, M.D. is a mother, anesthesiologist, wellness and beauty guru, and philanthropist. She is the founder and CEO of Aromasthesia Candles and Three Moons Wine. Tiffany loves to express her creativity and humor through her TikTok. channel.

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PEACH MARTINE

Peach is a singer/songwriter from Cleveland by way of Miami who's songs pour out all her emotions by telling stories of her vulnerable life lessons and experiences, which is why so many fans relate to her music because it is their story too.

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KRISTINA KUZMIC

Kristina is a comedian,
author, and a recovering pessimist. Her videos about being an imperfect parent, and learning to prioritize mental health, have garnered her over 1 billion video views. Her first book, "Hold On, But Don't Hold Still," was released in 2020.

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BRANDEE ANTHONY

Brandee Anthony is a professional photographer, mermaid and Diver. She aims to inspire and help coach others to follow their dreams through her companies Vero Beach Mermaid and Mermaid Freedive. 

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VIENNA MARYCE

Vienna is a 3X Silver Medalist tap dancer for Team Canada as well as a model, musician and published writer. She advocates on behalf of animal welfare, racial and gender equality and environmental awareness. Vienna helps young girls to become critical thinkers through her media & literary arts.

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GURNAZ

Gurnaz is an actor and lifestyle content creator in Canada. She is striving to be the South Asian representation that she never got to see when she was growing up. She hopes to create a helpful, inspiring, entertaining, and positive space online for people across the world. 

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FRANCHESCA RAMSEY

Franchesca is an actor, writer, public speaker, and creator/star of MTV Decoded. She is a former writer/correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Her first book, Well That Escalated Quickly was named one of Amazon’s best books of 2018.

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SHAZIA MIRZA

Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer from Birmingham. She was the first Muslim woman on the UK comedy circuit. She has written columns in The Guardian, and The New Statesman, and appeared on numerous TV shows.

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TOVA LEIGH

After having three children, Tova started a blog sharing her motherhood struggles with other women. The blog and vlogs turned her into an influencer with over 2 million followers. Her viral online series Mom Life Crisis became a documentary film on Amazon Prime and in 2019 Tova released her first book. 

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MORAG ROSS

Morag is an award-winning make-up artist who has worked with many film stars including Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton. At 28 she designed the make-up for her first feature film, Caravaggio, which was released in 1986.  She won BAFTAs for her make-up on films Orlando and The Aviator.

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MARGARET CHO

Margaret Cho is a Grammy and Emmy Award nominated stand-up comedian, actress, and singer-songwriter. She is a leading voice in the Stop Asian Hate movement, giving interviews and using her podcast to focus on anti-Asian hate crimes.

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GABRIELLA DI LACCIO 

Gabriella is an award-winning soprano, recording artist, curator and activist, who has become a leading voice in the fight for gender equality in music worldwide. She founded the Donne Foundation, which celebrates and amplifies women in music.

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