everyday heroes

"The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others."

- bell hooks

We are told that we must dress a certain way, move in ways that won't provoke negative attention; our society and media often teach us that we need to respectfully translate ourselves into the "norm" or we become ostracized or attacked. Those who fall outside of expected gender roles are cast as deviant, black & PoC bodies are frequently deemed "threatening" by their very existence, and survivors of sexual assault are typically blamed for inviting their attackers by virtue of what they were wearing. Often, it feels safer not to be ourselves.

We shot this project last August, in Wynwood, Miami and were inspired by Miami-based LGBT/femme/and PoC collectives, as well as local artists, problem-solvers, and entrepreneurs. We decided to highlight the innovation and imagination of these inspiring Everyday Heroes through a street-style photoshoot, funded by the generous support of our community on Indiegogo. The shoot grew into a beautiful project and experience for all involved and we are very excited to present it in the forthcoming coffee table book. 

We were fortunate enough to have an incredible volunteer team who made this all possible. Many of our team were interviewed for the trailer above. Team photoshoot by Alexandra Barberio. 

Pictured above in order from left to right:

Khalfani Campbell - Production Assistant

Arielle Wolff-Sachs - Production Assistant

Shaina Michelle Doliny - Stylist

Angel Schmiedt - Production Manager

Makeda McClune - Fundraising

Desire Ashley Orr - Photographer

Mayowa Willoughby - Production Assistant

Pictured above from left to right

Hair styling provided by Edwin from Junior and Hatter

RV provided by PLP Coach Inc. 

Make Up provided by Elsa Vazquez from MAKEUP by Rory


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