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  • BADASS WOMEN: FLEXMAMI

    FLEXMAMI

    Try to put FlexMami (Lillian Ahenkan) in a box. We dare you. Flex is a badass woman who is crushing life from all angles. As a DJ, MTV presenter, radio host, writer and social media wondress (we haven’t even covered all the boxes), she’s passionate about starting conversations around identity and intersectionality, and can be found dishing out no-bullshit self development advice on the daily via her bubbling Insta and Youtube channels. Like. Follow.

    WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

    How I’ve been able to create, thrive and monetise a life made with my wants and needs at the centre of it all.

    WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?

    Powerful, educated and vocal women of colour, who consistently speak their truth, have the conversations and start the movements that change the world.

    YOU HAVE 3 HOURS TO YOURSELF. NO ONE ELSE IS INVITED. WHAT DO YOU DO? WHERE DO YOU GO?

    I’d use it as a perfect time to sit on my couch, and relish in the luxury of not having to be or do anything.

    NAME ONE TRACK THAT TOTALLY RECHARGES YOU.

    Mahalia — Do Not Disturb. She’s one of the aformentioned WOC changing the world specifically through her music. Reclaiming her time and teaching us to as well.

    HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING GREAT?

    Positive self think. Taking the time out to objectively look at my situation and unpack how I got there which always helps me get back out.

    IT’S 2030. YOU’RE SENDING YOUR CURRENT SELF A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT. WHAT DOES IT SAY

    Stay on your course. You don’t need to justify why you do or don’t want to be the person of the past. Stay committed to learning and growing, because even when the outcome is not what you wanted, it’s one more thing to understand about the world and yourself.

    Be sure to follow FlexMami flexing her best life on Insta

  • BADASS WOMEN: JESS SCULLY

    JESS SCULLY

    Jess Scully is an inspiring city councillor, creative industries expert, event director and public art curator. Through her projects, she uses creativity and the arts to engage communities in our knowledge economy, and with the public realm. She is the founding curator of Vivid Ideas, a cultural strategist for UNSW Art and Design, and is an active voice, fighting the good fight for creative industries and nightlife in Sydney.

    WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

    My work on Council fighting the good fight on the big issues that challenge us as we try to make a sustainable, creative, socially inclusive future. That includes working to support nightlife and live music in our city through policy and planning changes, pushing the city to fund a competition for alternative models to support new forms of affordable housing in our city.

    WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?

    I’m pretty inspired to work with Clover Moore, a fearless, progressive, independent woman who has been representing local communities for as long as I’ve been alive! I also get to meet incredible people every day who are contributing their own time and energy to run kids’ playgroups, community gardens, or protest campaigns to build the kind of future they want future generations to live in.

    WHAT IS ONE MOUNTAIN YOU’VE CLIMBED TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT BE AWARE OF?

    Sometimes I’ve doubted myself, in a political environment, about what I know when I come from a creative background… but for the most part, I think I’ve been incredibly privileged and very lucky

    YOU HAVE 3 HOURS TO YOURSELF. NO ONE ELSE IS INVITED. WHAT DO YOU DO? WHERE DO YOU GO?

    I’d lie in the shade of a tree in Centennial Park and read and read and read.

    Book in park with leaf

    NAME ONE TRACK THAT TOTALLY RECHARGES YOU.

    Miami by Kali Uchis is as good as a holiday.

    HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING GREAT?

    I get to a body of water (like down at Blackwattle Bay or on the Bondi to Bronte walk) and take some very very deep breaths.

    IT’S 2030. YOU’RE SENDING YOUR CURRENT SELF A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT. WHAT DOES IT SAY

    The good ones win some of those fights. Keep at it. Plus, the next generation are awesome, they’re going to bring it home.

    Be sure to follow Jess on her mission via her twitter page