How Being Banned From Instagram Empowered Me To Empower Others
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Ainsley Hutchence isn’t one for ‘sticking to the status quo’. After she was banned from Instagram for exposing a model’s pubic hair, her online magazine Sticks & Stones (that she launched with husband Sebastien Fougere in 2014) was catapulted to success.Described as a “directory: directing readers to rad people doing rad things,” Sticks & Stones has become an empowering platform for young women looking to challenge traditional gender stereotypes and express their creativity.
Another duo who are redefining what it means to be ‘ladylike’ are Olivia and Ebony of creative collective IZMZ. The pair are huge advocates for giving a voice to the voiceless through IZMZ magazine and their all-female hip hop night ‘GIRLS.’
“There’s loads of different ‘isms’ in society: racism, feminism etc. We want to take these philosophies and explore them. It allows us to interview and shoot people who don’t normally get to share their story,” says Ebony.
“Because of the Internet, the power is in the people’s hands.” Too true, ladies.