‘A woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her
brave deeds and noble qualities’.
The lives of countless heroine’s have been hidden from history, manipulated
and disregarded by colonial powers and men who sought their power.
This project hopes to re-imagine the stories of female Monarchs, women whose voices
I feel deserve a greater vessel than most historical platforms provide.
For me, there is no time more opportune than now to retell the stories of
these innovative, immensely powerful women, early feminists who stood
up and fought for what they believed in to move closer to equality.
They faced the gender stereotypes that affect abuse, disease, conflict,
unemployment and poverty, the same issues women are
fighting against today.
To be apart of this conversation I created most of this project in South Africa,
where gender equality is at the forefront of political conversation. I was humbled to speak with courageous women from all different walks of life
and generations about their experiences of being a woman and
what they were campaigning to change.
These conversations affected the work I was making and will become
a tangible part of the project in the future.
‘Heroine’ is about celebrating the lives of wonderful women and hopefully in
doing so, empowering today’s women to strive for what makes them happy
and use their voices to inflict change.
The project's first Monarch was inspired by Byzantine Empress Theodora, who was majestically portrayed by my sister Josie & created in England. Please find an introduction to her story by clicking on the next image & find the rest of the series shot in South Africa under 'Monarchs'.