My favorite part about this shoot was the story behind it. Had two meetings in various parts of the city before this shoot, sweated through my outfit walking to one, was completely soaked in the rain going to the other one, and had probably walked well over 2 miles at that point and into this shoot looking like a wet mess and feeling like a hot mess. I had zero confidence and was literally like, ‘Are You There God? It’s Me. Shanthi.’ #judyblume #reference
But then my FRAND and totally talented writer/editor/entrepreneur @cristinacala came into the beautiful @the.wing #soho, and totally put me at ease for this shoot. Cristina and I met over a year ago when I did a piece on her for @theiamwomanproject on her founding of @thewhywomenproject. We bonded over our orgs shared missions in wanting to create a space for women to share stories, explore issues that mattered to us, and to give space for intersectional feminism to rise. We’ve been in feminist minded collusion (the only kind that should be allowed to exist), ever since and she’s been a huge supporter and partner of @spinster_io In our development process. Big thanks to Cristina, #WhyWomen, and @freelancingfemales for including me in part of your IG takeovers. Be sure to check these awesome orgs out and most importantly, WORK AND SUPPORT OTHER FEMALE FOUNDERS.
p.s. you’re totally allowed to laugh at my face when I look totally relieved/accomplished at the end of this because those feelings were REAL