Fearless Female Interview: Annabelle
Who is your role model / a female that inspires you?
Cassey Ho! She's a self-made entrepreneur who founded Blogilates and has built herself an incredible empire based on fitness grounded in self-love. She's truly genuine in all that she does and I really admire her. She inspires me to do great things and be myself.
Favorite motivational quote?
I love Audre Lorde’s quote about self-care: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” I also love “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are different from my own.”
What's your dream career?
I want to start my own company aka business empire, as I like to call it. I want to continue to inspire and empower women through my content as an influencer and blogger. I also would love to help other women as their agent or brand manager. That’s still a new idea, though, so not sure! Otherwise, I’d love to do social media or writing at a company like GirlBoss or Nastygal.
What does a fearless female look like to you?
A fearless female has fully and completely accepted herself, flaws and all, and isn't afraid to be herself. We live in a world that's constantly putting women down for being "too much" so I truly love to see women being unapologetically themselves.
Why do you think it's important to see more women in leadership positions?
So many reasons!!! Little girls should be brought up to believe they can do ANYTHING, and part of believing that comes from seeing girls like themselves in positions of leadership. We need a female president! Also, placing women in positions of leadership, especially women of color, adds unique perspectives that most of the white men in charge at a lot of current companies won't have. Representation is SO important.
Why is it important to encourage girls and women to pursue fields stereotypically dominated by men?
We need women's perspectives! When a lot of white men are in a field, the work done in that field reflects the issues important to them. But what people of color and women? Our issues matter too, and those issues can be represented in a field if we're in it. We didn't know a lot about women's bodies for a while because no research specific to the female body was done! Women had to go out and discover a lot of the things that we now take for granted. And even now, so many women are uneducated about their bodies.
How does being a fearless female benefit you and bring you closer to your goals?
I am capable of anything. Coming from anyone, especially a woman, that sounds cocky. But for me, it’s simply believing in myself, and that’s what makes me fearless. I truly believe that if I work for it, I can achieve anything I want. That fearlessness has led me to created my own intersectional feminist fashion blog, become a micro-influencer, and even start a podcast, all of which is only going to continue growing. I don't hold myself back, regardless of what anyone may think of me.
What advice would you give to young girls about being a fearless female or women struggling to recognize their power?
It’s a process. For me, I started going to counseling after a really rough period in high school and start to college. I had been sexually assaulted multiple times and not even realized it. Counseling helped me grasp these things and learn to cope, and I started to work on myself and improve myself. Recognizing my power came from taking the time to sit down with myself and really dig into my issues. Now, I’m willing to speak up about my struggles because that IS my power- creating connections with women who feel the same way, and telling them that it sucks and it’s ok. Get comfortable with yourself and your power will come. Stop catering to others, too. Focus on yourself and building yourself up.
What are you tips for being a fearless female?
Start with self-love. Stop cutting yourself down and start building yourself up. Surround yourself with those who believe in you, those who inspire and empower you. It's a process that continues forever. You don't just suddenly wake up one day and believe in yourself. But beginning that process and choosing that path makes all the difference.
What makes a feminist in your eyes?
A feminist is someone who believes in empowering women of all kinds.
How do you work to make your feminism intersectional?
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are different from my own.” This Audre Lorde quote speaks to me so much. I will never be able to understand the unique struggle of a queer woman, transgender woman, black woman, Latina woman, Native American woman, or otherwise. What I can do is echo their sentiments and speak up when I see people wronging them. I strive to never speak for them, but instead with them in support of them. Being a true intersectional feminist is hard, but I am doing my best. I start with my own identify as a half-white half-Taiwanese woman and my struggles, and take the time to learn about how I can help others.
What makes you proud to be a feminist?
Women are so strong! I love the current moment of women lifting each other up, and seeing men and all others on the gender spectrum getting involves has been so incredible. I tear up a lot when I see women doing incredible things and empowering each other. We go through so much and to really stand in our power is hard, so seeing that makes me unbelievably proud and happy.
How can women and girls support each other in today's world?
So many ways! Get involved with organizations that help women connect and lift each other up. If you're in a corporate company, help other women be heard by repeating their ideas during meetings and crediting them. As a blogger and micro-influencer, I support women by leaving sweet comments on their work and encouraging them to keep doing what they're doing!