Celebrating The Women Who Inspire Us



Over 100 years since it’s inception, and International Women’s Day is still as important as ever. It’s a day to recognise the strengths and accomplishments of women across the world, and to mark the challenges that we still face on a daily basis.

This week we are celebrating our female community - from our customers to our staff members and ambassadors, in all of their strong and disruptive glory.

Thank you to our ambassadors for sharing their thoughts and stories with us. We hope this inspires you to embrace and celebrate the achievements of the women in your life.

Much love, Bare Blends.



Bess Prescott


Bess Prescott

Yoga Studio Owner

Instagram: bessyyoga
Website: creatureyoga.com.au


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

A day to acknowledge how far we’ve come, and also how far we have to go, in terms of gender equality in all areas of life. A celebration of the feminine in all her forms.

Can you tell us about a female role model who has inspired you over your career?

Rose Baudin, my dear friend and my teacher, who lives in the Byron hinterland. She is 70 and more wild, juicy, beautiful, courageous and outrageous than ever. She continues to travel the world teaching yoga, meditation and pranayama, and she maintains a daily practice rich in devotion. She lives life with wisdom, grace and acceptance. When I look at her, I understand yoga.

Which female values are important to uphold?

I don’t know what a female value is. In the yoga tradition, the feminine is Shakti, which means power. Understand: the chief quality of the feminine is power. We are only just beginning to recognise what we are capable of.

International Women’s Day was first marked in 1911 – over 100 years ago. Why do you think the day is still relevant?

Because female children are still being killed all over the world, just for being female. Because I haven’t met a woman who hasn’t been sexually harassed or abused in some way. Because many women in the world are still scared, in many different contexts. Because many young girls do not have the same opportunities as their brothers. Because I still look over my shoulder when I’m walking alone at night. Because when I was a lawyer, all the partners were men, and they got their shoes shined by pretty young Swedish girls down on their knees. Because my facebook feed is still filled with men trying to tell women how to succeed in business. Because I’ve been told by a man that the way I run my business is too “feminine”, and I don’t know what the fuck that means.



Ellie Brooks


Ellie Brooks

Pro Surfer

Instagram: elliejbrooksss


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To me, International Women’s Day is all about empowerment of women, encouragement for all those fighting gender inequality and acknowledging the issues of gender discrimination. But also celebrating all the milestones we have achieved in terms of women’s rights! It is crazy to see the changes and I think it is important to commemorate us as women! All strong, feminine and incredible human beings!

How do you think that women will shape the future?

I believe we as women will continue to take leaps and bounds in every area of life! By continuing to stand up for our rights, encourage one and other and to be role models for all the younger generations to come. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some incredible sponsors who praise and celebrate us women for who we are as individuals. The future is looking bright and I am excited! Here’s to women!

Can you tell us about a female role model who has inspired you over your career?

That is a tough one as I have so many incredible people both men and women who have shaped me into the women I am today! But Steph Gilmore and Carissa Moore are two amazing athletes who I look up too. Whilst being successful surfers they also displayed good honest morals, determination, and are constantly having fun at the same time, which I love. Carissa was so young when she qualified and I remember getting her signature, I was like wow I want to be that good one day. I also really look up to my parents, they are constantly there for me, through everything. I got quite bullied at school so having them to lean on really helped me. I remember them saying, “just wait, El, in 5-8 years this will all be a distant memory and these girls will regret it. They’ve always had my back. Also, a good friend of mine Paige Hareb once told me at a QS6000 to “fire up”. That has stuck with me and made such a difference with my approach to competing.



Alexz Parviainen


Alexz Parviainen

Fitness Guru

Instagram: alexz.xo


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To be honest, it’s a day filled with mixed thoughts. I do love the movements, the events, the campaigns inspired by today but we didn’t ask for a Hallmark holiday we asked for equality. To me, in many ways, it represents stunted growth. It is definitely progress but we still have a long way to go.

How do you think that women will shape the future?

We already are. Regardless of our setbacks, of our social boundaries, the stereotypes, the juggles between the feminist labels - we are changing it. We have and always will continue to push forward. Not because we are entitled, but because we are powerful and we deserve to be treated as equal.

Which female values are important to uphold?

To always remember there is freedom in power. That there is power in femininity. If Superman wore a silk cape then we can still wear pink nail polish. We can still be girls and change the world.

What does gender equality mean to you?

Everything. I think it is disappointing and again contradicting that it has become this taboo subject filled with judgment and misunderstanding. To be apart of a society where we no longer have to play small, where we can be limitlessly powerful not because we are demanding, not because we are entitled, bossy, feministic or crazy but just because we are equal. That would be everything to me.



Steph Lowe


Steph Lowe

Nutritionist


Which female values are important to uphold?

I strongly support all of the values that guide IWD: justice, dignity, hope, equality, collaboration, tenacity, appreciation, respect, empathy and forgiveness. My personal favourite is equality as this is the driving force behind creating gender parity and destroying our biases of the past.

Can you tell us about a female role model who has inspired you over your career?

I am constantly inspired by Sheryl Sandberg. Her book ‘Lean In’ offers such powerful advice to women in regards to taking a seat at the table, achieving their ambitions and being a successful female leader, even in what may be a male dominant culture.

International Women’s Day was first marked in 1911 – over 100 years ago. Why do you think the day is still relevant?

It’s so important to acknowledge the women who have walked before us, and how they have positively influenced the movement, but still educate the world that there are further changes required. Gender bias still exists and we must continue to raise the bar and support the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women, so more are inspired that they too can be part of the change.



Nadia Damaso


Nadia Damaso

Chef, Author

Instagram: nadiadamaso_
Website: nadiadamaso.com


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It’s a good reminder that everything and everyone is created equal and should get the same chances in life. That no matter if you’re a man or woman, there’s no difference. And that we all deserve to follow our passions, have the same opportunities, and live up to our full potential. A day where women strengthen the belief in themselves and men show support in that.

What do you think every little girl should grow up knowing?

That there’s no right and wrong, no good and bad, no black and white, no truth and untruth. That there’s only the right choice for yourself, which you can only find out by really trusting and following your intuition, being fully honest with yourself and what you truly want. By not letting your emotions and thoughts be limited by the structures of society, and by giving 100% (not just 99.9%), you’ll find that you can achieve anything that you want in life. Just do it your way and make it unique and irreplaceable. And fight for your dreams, manifest them until you can put them into action and spread as much positivity as possible, to affect everybody else that you cross paths with to do just the same. :)

Who is your female idol?

To me, every woman who does her own thing, who’s strong within herself and has good and effective energy radiating from her is inspiring. Idols to me have nothing to do with fame and money and numbers and popularity but rather with authenticity, honesty, strength and a good heart.



Lucette Romy


Lucette Romy

Business Owner, Artist

Instagram: lucetteromy
Website: the-wylde.com


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women's Day has always stood out to me as a day to recognise how far we have come as women and to reflect on all the women that have endured violence and the abuse of power. In saying that, it’s also important to remember the absolute privilege and whiteness of the women’s movement that continues on today. International Women’s Day must include ALL women. Including POC and Trans Women. This day isn’t without its challenges and for a day like this to even exist it must include the full scope of women. In addition to celebrating our advancements towards equality, we also need to remember that this day is and will continue to be a marker for basic civil rights and protection for all women. To remember that we are still a long way from gender equality, and that abuse still happens daily across the world. Until we change our legal systems to support and protect women rather than protecting the perpetrators, then it doesn’t matter how many of these days we have, it will not change the status quo. Action must be taken every day. The biggest action we can make is to use our voice, not just when the time comes or when everyone begins to rise up on longstanding issues that have been buried and pushed away for far too long, but every single day. I hope that eventually we can live in a world where these days won’t be necessary, where as a human race and civilisation we can be seen, heard and celebrated equally.

“Liberation is always in part a storytelling process: breaking stories, making new stories. A free person tells her own story. A valued person lives in a society in which her story has a place. Finding your voice allows for the decision to speak up, to participate, narrate, consent or dissent — and by ultimately redefining who is heard and who speaks, whose stories are valued, we redefine the society we live in.” - Rebecca Solnit

Can you tell us about a female role model who has inspired you over your career?

I honestly don't know if I could pick one, there are so many women who have inspired me tremendously and continue to every day. These are all women we should familiarise ourselves with. Ida B. Wells, Betty Friedan, Georgia O'Keeffe, Brene Brown, Louise Hay, Urtha Kitt, Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Hilma Af Klint, Oprah, Shailene Woodley, Emma Watson to name a few.

What does gender equality mean to you?

Equal work means equal pay. Equal humanity. Equal safety. Equal choice. These are basic human rights. I think we should also be looking to achieve gender equity, being the fairness for the treatment of women AND men. Ensuring that opportunity is not limited simply on the basis of gender. If we hold everyone to the same standard, instead of allowing gender bias to control and hold power over our subconscious minds then we can begin to work and bring equality to the unconscious gender biases and inequality which is stopping us from progressing.

How do you see women empowering each other on a daily basis?

I really didn't know if I would ever see a day where I could experience so much love, support and reverence between women. It really seemed like a myth to me growing up as I was severely bullied and put down by women for the greater part of my childhood and teenage years. I realise that this pain comes through a deep and long-standing history where this was the status quo and that the importance of change and support of our fellow woman is becoming more and more prevalent. There is a rise in sisterhood, womanhood, motherhood. It empowers me and the women close to me tremendously. Women supporting women in the arts, in love, loss, career, health and dreams. We are getting back to our roots, finding power in the cyclical nature of the earth, the moon and its rhythms. Empowering women to create from a place of love and nurturing. We are natural born creators after all. Women recognise and see the power in one another, to do that which man can do too and giving them the strength to stand up and feel confident in using their voice without the fear of no longer being heard.

As a designer, model, photographer and artist it humbles me to be able to explore every avenue of my creative passions by still continuing to work in the areas that I do, without coming into competition with other women for the same role just because our business or work titles may be the same. That it is entirely possible for me to shoot a campaign for another clothing brand, with them in full support of my own clothing company without jealousy or bitterness, but with wholehearted admiration and support.




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