#GIRLBOSS: CIARRA PARDO

For the final installment of the Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS series, we’re profilin’ Ciarra Pardo – best known for her work as Rihanna’s Creative Director (nbd). In her video, Ciarra talks about growing up as an overachiever in the Bronx, working a full-time job at the age of 15, and mastering the balance of work and play. Also: a life lesson she learnt from her horse. Awesome.

Did you see the last three #GIRLBOSS portraits? Go watch ‘em all now!

Because we love Rihanna (and you’re obsessed too) we’ve posted our fave Bad Gal music videos.

Illustrating Feminism with Foie Gras

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We know we talk about girl crushes a lot, but this one is the real deal. Foie Gras, who we’ve loved for a while, is part graphic artist, part in-your-face feminist, and a pretty cool musician, too. She knows what she’s talking about when it comes to girl power and she’s commanded quite the following. Her digital project, Girls Against Cat-Calling, is as visually inspiring as it is culturally relevant. We got the chance to catch up with her and talk zines, livers, and #YESALLWOMEN. After our chat, she was nice enough to make us Nasty Gal-inspired art, too!

#GIRLBOSS: KIM GORDON

Let me be very clear that I live in a world where Kim Gordon needs no introduction, but for the 1% of you who were either born after 2005 or spent the entirety of the last 20 years camping in the bush in Western Australia, here is some background. (For the rest of you currently staring at your “I love Kim G” hand-collaged bedroom walls, my apologies). Born in Rochester, NY and bred in Los Angeles, CA, Gordon studied visual art at Otis before moving to New York City and becoming immersed in the underground/post-punk/noise music scene. It was there that she met Thurston Moore and Lee Ronaldo, and together they formed legendary no-wave band Sonic Youth in 1981. As guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for Sonic Youth, Gordon spent a few decades serving as the #1 girl crush of all the coolest girls in the world, someone how finding time in her busy shredding schedule to produce Hole’s first album Pretty On The Inside, co-direct The Breeders “Cannonball” video with pal Spike Jonze, and launch a (now defunct) cult clothing line called X-Girl (a favorite of the likes of Chloe Sevigny and Sofia Coppola), all the while continuing to create art in myriad forms.

Her latest endeavor is sort of the ideal marriage of music and art, an experimental noise band heavy on improvisation and deliberate visuals called Body/Head. At age 61, Kim Gordon is still a style icon and girl crush to the masses, and she is still creating her own world and playing by her own rules. She will always be a #GIRLBOSS in our books.

-Yasi Salek