I'm a feminist in the modern regard and I'm quite proud of it. Over the years I've shifted my career path from retail to interiors and much of that has happened through seeing the potential of building a career as a woman entrepreneur and becoming a strong person as a woman with a strong voice in my work. In my short career I've worked for and with some of the most influential women in the business of retail and fashion, and I've looked up to some of the top interior designers for many years, many of whom are women, who had touched and inspired me to pursue my path as a woman entrepreneur. 

Vogue: March 2016 | Image by Mario Testing

Vogue: March 2016 | Image by Mario Testing

I can't connect to television series or films that don't have a strong leading female role. I can't respect companies and businesses who don't respect women. And I especially can't imagine that in America today, a country that is supposed to be "The Best" can elect a man that has shown us multiple times that he doesn't respect women, yet in fact looks at us as only objects for his desire, and if we're not up to his standards, are pigs. In the words of Michelle Obama, 

Strong men, men who are truly role models — don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together, and that is what we need in our next president. 
But if we have a president who routinely degrades women, who brags about sexually assaulting women, then how can we maintain our moral authority in the world? How can we continue to be a beacon of freedom and justice and human dignity? 
Mario Testino

Growing up riding horses, I have had the pleasure to learn from some of the strongest women, that were/are women business owners, leaders, teachers, and trainers. These women have shaped my beliefs and understanding that the life my mother grew up in and my grandmother had was ancient history. The closest woman in my life, especially my mother have seen and experienced what Michelle Obama mentions in her speech in New Hampshire. 

It reminds us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how back in their day the boss could do whatever he please to the women in the office, and even though they worked so hard, jumped over every hurdle to prove themselves, it was never enough. 
You see, while our mothers, grandmothers, were often powerless to change their circumstances, today we as women have all the power we need to determine the outcome of this election. We have knowledge. We have a voice. We have a vote. And on November the 8th, we as women, we as Americans - we as decent human beings - can come together and declare that enough is enough, and we do not tolerate this kind of behavior in this country.  

I'm not saying anything new here, I just feel desired to speak up. We need to be realistic about the potential of what our country may become if we elect a president that is racist, sexist, and down right indecent. 

Please vote. And don't waste. 


Read + See Michelle Obama's New Hampshire Speech [Here]

Vogue Article + Photos by Mario Testino [Here]