Sorry, Beyonce—we ain’t no destiny’s child. Because a Wild Feminist leaves nothing to chance. A Wild Feminist makes sh*t happen. A Wild Feminist knows the only fortune she needs is the one she makes for herself.
When we think about the women we admire most, we think of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the woman born to Russian immigrants who graduated Harvard Law School in a class that included only 9 females, the woman who went on to become a Supreme Court Justice of the United States. We think of Maya Angelou: the author, the civil rights activist, the woman who’s story of childhood trauma, racism, and adversity became one of the most influential books of the 20th century. We think of the women in our community (read: YOU ALL) who work their asses off every day to create their own destiny regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, age, background, or beginnings.
So f*ck luck, we say. Because success comes to those who hustle.
Need proof? Meet 5 inspiring women who are proving on the daily that a Wild Feminist’s fate is what she makes it. That the only things you need to shape your future are the things you already have in spades: your hustle, your heart, your ambition, your wonder, and your intuition.
PHOEBE ROBINSON: COMEDIAN / ACTRESS / AUTHOR
With two highly successful podcasts, a best selling book, and appearances on hits like Broad City and Last Comic Standing, Robinson is on her way to becoming a one woman empire.
“Ambition is important because it pushes you outside of your comfort zone,” she says. “If something doesn’t work out creatively, oh well. You’ll learn something and then apply it to the next thing. You’re only ‘failing’ toward success, I think. So why not dream big, push yourself hard, and you’ll end up somewhere even better than what you imagined.”
Can we get a YAS, QUEEN, YAS?!
HILARY KNIGHT: ICE HOCKEY FORWARD / WORLD CHAMP / EQUAL PAY ACTIVIST
“I love what I do,” says Knight. “When we gear up and take the ice, that is the moment when everything comes together. All the hard work, the ups and downs. I embrace the challenges, the small victories, the pressure, the moment, because I know that I gave everything and did everything I could do to represent the team and our country.”
GRACE MICELI: ARTIST / ILLUSTRATOR / CURATOR
“I think the day to day life of a freelance artist requires a lot of courage,” says Miceli. “I’m meeting new people and conceiving of new projects daily, which takes a lot of confidence in yourself and what you’re doing because it’s all on you. I’ll never let myself get to the point where I think I know everything. The desire to learn, see, create and experience more, maintaining a constant sense of wonder is central to my artistic practice.”
ARDELIA LOVELACE: SKATEBOARDER / ARTIST / FASHION ICON
“Wonder is an interesting word for me.” Lovelace tells us. “I’m constantly wondering about my future, about whether or not I’ll have a good career. Sometimes that wondering makes me worry, but it also forces me to prepare for the future to some degree. That’s where hustle comes in: making something out of nothing.”
SASHEER ZAMATA: SNL CAST MEMBER / STAND UP COMEDIAN / WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST
After years of hard work and auditions, Zamata joined the cast of SNL during it’s 39th season and quickly became a fan-favorite with memorable recurring characters and some killer impersonations.
“The worst someone can say is ‘no’,” says Zamata. “And I’ve gotten so many no’s in my life that it no longer feels like the worst thing. Whenever I get a no, that creates an opportunity for a new alternative and sometimes that ends up being better for me anyway.”
TANWI ISLAM: WRITER / ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR
“I think we all feel afraid for the future,” says Islam. “So I have to keep telling myself that building a fulfilling life for ourselves requires a lot of courage and openness.”
Photography: Brianne Wills (assisted by Tafv Sampson) and Charise Ash
Styling: Taralyn Thuot and Tashina Hill
Hair and Makeup: Kristian Kanika, Lena Walsh, and Andrew Sotomayor, using MAC Cosmetics
Art Direction: Taralyn Thuot