Last weekend I pushed through a baby migraine and went to The Other Festival, an all-female festival held in New York City, and it was inspiring AF. The venue was filled with designers, photographers, journalist, directors and more. It was a complete creative collective fest (alliteration anyone?) and I loved every bit of it. The day consisted of twelve panels of three or more speakers discussing topics that ranged from how to use your creative voice, to the importance of utilizing social media to advance your movement. There was even a panel on what it’s like being a female DJ today featuring Kitty Cash, Jasmine Solano, and Chelsea Leyland (never heard of her before last weekend, but she seemed dope).
Oh, and, Naomi Campbell was there too (no biggie). The icon sat down for a live interview with Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire Anne Fuelwider. I honestly don’t know what the interview was about because I was so amazed by how bomb Naomi looked IRL, and how sickening her accent was. When I awoke from my haze she was telling a story about being super hungry at a shoot and chowing down on chocolate with a well-known designer whose name I can’t recall. I know, bad journalist.
I did take this gorgeous pic of her, though, so give me some credit.
Check out a few more highlights of the day!
Reshma Saujani (Founder, Girls Who Code), Marisa Shrum (Group Strategy Director, Mother NY), and Beverly Bond (Founder, Black Girls Rock) on the “From A Hashtag to A Movement: How the Right Catchphrase Can Change Everything” panel.
There really is a Melissa baking those tiny cupcakes, y’all! Matt Buchanan (Features Editor at Eater.com) pictured with Melissa Ben-Ishay (Founder, Baked By Melissa), Jeni Bauer (Founder, Splendid Ice Cream), and Sarah Simmons (CEO/Founder, CITY GRIT) on the “From Foodie to Food Entrepreneur” Panel.
“Please, please stop assuming fat girls are confident for existing,” urged model and Tumblr star Barbie Fierra (second, left). She is photographed with Molly Mulshine (Editor, Galore), Eileen Kelly (Killer and Sweet Thang Blog), Olivia Perez (Friend of A Friend Blog), and Amber Asaly (Galore Photographer and Kitten).
Don’t be f**king sorry!” said Jess Teves (first, left), Editor-in-Chief at Stylcaster to all of the women who apologize unnecessarily out of habit. She’s accompanied by Stephanie Mark (co-founder, The Coveteur), Daniella Kallmeyer (Designer, Kallmeyer NY), and Melissa Battifarano (Design Director, Rihanna’s font Corp).
Activist and filmmaker Gelila Bekele and Karen Wong (Deputy Director, New Museum) discussed the importance of using ones skills to help tell stories that are often ignored.
Zoe Silverman (Musician, ASTR), Jasmine Solano (Host, VJ, DJ), Kitty Cash (DJ), and Chelsea Leyland (DJ).
“Homegirl walked out with a dozen f**ks and came back with twelve. How many did she give today? ZERO!” said activist and actress Rosario Dawson. She’s pictured with her business partner Ambrima Erwiah, right, (Co-founder, Studio 189) and Melissa Giannini (Editor-in-Chief, Nylon).
Dee Poku-Spalding, the founder of The Other Festival, giving closing remarks.
Kudos to Dee Poku-Spalding for pulling off such a great event; I’m definitely looking forward to it next year.