In boardrooms and classrooms everywhere, words are used and offhanded remarks are made that, while not necessarily ill-intentioned, can have detrimental effects on a woman’s confidence or a young girl’s self-image.
At Northern Fashion, we aim to spark a change in this language through the most visible everyday medium: fashion.
Coupled with our online shop, we seek to profile and connect women and girls in the community from diverse educational and professional backgrounds— chronicling their every day struggles, their hopes for a better workplace, and their promise for the future.
We will feature them here.
Marley’s favorite subject is music because she loves to dance! When she grows up, she wants to be a baker and own her own bakery because it makes her happy to see a pretty decorated cupcake.
Marley’s favorite super hero is Black Panther. She likes his super power strength and the way he flips when fighting bad guys!
Gina works as an education consultant for a major publishing company. In this capacity, she enjoys partnering with her customers to help them identify solutions to their business problems—it’s her favorite thing about her job.
She wishes people would stop mistaking her calm approach to problems or projects as an indication of indifference rather than a strong sense of presence to the task at hand.
Gina’s ultimate female role model is her beautiful mom. Her mom has taught her to love herself unapologetically—the basis for loving others.
Her favorite quote is “Self-confidence is the best outfit. Rock it and own it!”
Winnie is a Chief Interior Designer for Fiat Chrysler. Her favorite thing about her job is being creative—being a part of the process of a taking a vision and creating something beautiful out of it.
Her current ultimate female role model is Ellen DeGeneres for her perseverance and her commitment to giving hope, laughter, and happiness to others—all while being true to herself.
Yesmeen works as a Product Specialist for Buick, while getting her own small business off the ground. She is starting a supplemental after-school theatre program for young students.
In the workplace, Yesmeen wishes that people would stop assuming she’s a “dumb model” who doesn’t know anything. Her ultimate female role model is her mother—the strongest, fiercest, and most fearless woman she has ever known.
Yesmeen is honored to be a part of this project.
Whitney is a daughter, granddaughter, sister, and friend. She is a co-creator, collaborator, nurturer, and cultivator—a community member, student, and mentor. Whitney writes poetry, and is learning how to be more present in each moment. All of this encompasses her work she—feels so blessed and grateful for the ability to invest time, energy, resources, and talent in all of these ways.
In addition to all of this, Whitney is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan’s Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program. She also holds a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Ohio State University. Her favorite thing about her major is understanding the way that transportation, mobility, access, and opportunity shape culture, and what equity, fairness, and justice look like in our regional transportation infrastructure. She enjoys the challenge of thinking outside of the box and having the opportunity to apply what she has learned to support local, and state wide, transportation transformation efforts.
In the workplace, Whitney wishes co-workers would stop interpreting her lack of consistent contributions in discussion as not being very engaged. “I am very intentional to understand context and be an informed contributor,” she says. “When I do speak, my intention is to add value and push the group towards the desired outcome and facilitate meaningful discussions, when needed.”
Her ultimate female role model is her grandmother.The way she moves through each day with selflessness, intention, care, and appreciation has inspired Whitney in so many ways.Her work ethic, wisdom, and gentleness have been incredibly inspiring, too.