So, I got word that Marie Claire was interested in profiling the women of Arsenic and our approach to sexual empowerment and feminism about 2 weeks prior to our shoot. Normally I try to stay cool as a cucumber…you know for aesthetic. However, when I got this set of news I was bouncing off the walls… barely able to hold my high fives and “yaaas queen”-s in. For an established powerhouse such as Marie Claire to want to peer into our world was a poignant moment for me especially as it was a chance to appreciate + really soak in the work Arsenic does day in and day out.
Did I mention the day I learned of the Marie Claire visit was the day I decided I would uproot my life for #TheArsenicWorldTour. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE! It was like simultaneously prepping to go to college and meeting your boyfriend’s (or girlfriend’s) parents for the first time.
I made it my mission to help the minds at Marie Claire understand how uniquely beautiful and special it was to say you’ve stepped into the world of Arsenic. We pulled looks from women owned business like Melody Ehsani and Sloane&Tate, invited some of our favorite female artists to hang and create. Someone described the two days felt like a female Justice League assembling. By the end of the 2 days, I felt a warm glow. We did the damn thing, team!!
Discussing feminism in terms of sexual expression is not an easy topic for everyone to get behind.. let’s be real. Though, one would think expressing yourself however you want, whenever you want is a pretty simple concept to wrap your head around. It’s crazy to think how comfortable many of us women are with accepting outdated narratives that dictate the ways we express ourselves publicly and privately. I wasn’t immune to this mindset most of my life. It really wasn’t until I started creating content for Arsenic that I decided to throw these ancient notions out the window and start creating my own narrative.
I feel incredibly lucky to have a job where I can help shape the ideas the public have towards women and expression as a whole. To be able to work with a group of women that support and genuinely want to see each other succeed, is sadly, a rare thing to say. As I sit here typing this article up, I look around and see at least 5 different groups of women working on a variety of projects, kicking ass and taking names. How amazing is that?!
I see the world through stories. Each person has their own canon of happy, sad, heartbreaking tales. However pretty the picture is, however ugly the truth may be… we as women need to continue sharing our narrative. Arsenic is that vehicle, and I am so honored to be behind the wheel.
I would like to believe this is a story I’m telling. I need to believe it. I must believe it. Those who can believe that such stories are only stories have a better chance. If it’s a story I’m telling, then I have control over the ending.
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, 1985