Leibovitz's celebration of contemporary women got us thinking.
Annie Leibovitz – Women: New Portraits the touring exhibition just finished over at the Wapping Project which lucky for us – was right next to DB HQ.
Leibovitz has been documenting popular culture for over 45 years. She was primarily a photojournalist in the beginning but soon evolved into a portraitist with a very distinctive style.
Women: New portraits is the follow on from Women her collaboration with Susan Sontag in 1999. It reflected “the unprecedented changes in the consciousness of many women in these last decades.”
“She looks beyond gender, beyond stereotypes, beyond masks of the day, to show us that everything alive is both universal and unique.” – Gloria Steinem
The exhibition got us thinking about women who inspire us so we asked the team:
She reminds me that women can make it to the top in the creative industry.
I love soul music and I don’t think anyone has a voice as beautiful as Aretha Franklin. I’ve listened to Lady Soul and Aretha in Paris every year since I was a teenager.
I saw one of her Ted talks ‘My 12 pairs of legs’ on the aesthetics of prosthetics and I was amazed.
How she redefines what the body can be – literally turning herself in to a superhero and morphing between characters that most of us never imagine being.
Founder of Nasty gal clothing store and #Girlboss foundation. Her story is a classic from the bottom to the top, and she has utilised this to create ‘Girl boss’ a book, social media campaign, radio show and foundation which gives financial grants to women in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts.
Style icon, muse to Givenchy and forever slayed. She also contributed and gave back to organisations like UNICEF and helped poor communities in Africa, South America and Asia.
The Toronto News girls boxing club.
When ‘Roosh V’ planned a ‘Pro rape’ meet up in Toronto, the women of Toronto Newsgirls boxing club threatened to show up so that when he took photos of female protestors to criticise online later – they would be there, gloves on.
The founder of the club said this was “to show women that being powerful is an option” and the meet was subsequently cancelled. Bravo.
She didn’t represent a sidekick, arm candy, or a damsel to be rescued. She was the main hero in a time where mainly males where the prime focus of films for example; Mad Max, Moonraker, Escape from Alcatraz, Star Trek all released in 1979.
Fantastically creative, perpetual collaborator and artistic inspiratory figure.
She does her own thing, with her own vision, and in her own way makes equally beautiful and challenging music. Plus, I used to see her around town in the shops I loved and the clubs I used to frequent! We share exquisite taste!
Who would be on your list? Let us know on Twitter @dixonbaxi.