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  • HILLARY BROWN

    WHAT’S MY NAME? HILLARY BROWN
    FOUNDER OF THREADS + THINGS/WMN

    My desire for creating Threads and WMN stems from being surrounded by such strong, driven women my whole life.

    My mom had me when she was just 21. She was still learning about herself and what it meant to be an ‘adult.’ Her life was put on pause and she had to fast-forward everything, tune out all the bullshit and raise me. She worked multiple jobs and worked her ass off to be one of two providers for little ol’ me at the time. She was a HUSTLER; both my parents were. I didn’t quite give her the appreciation and respect she deserved back then, but I realize it now and damn.. It must have been a whirlwind for her, considering I’m 28 and still tryna figure shit out.

  • VIVIAN SOTO

    WHAT'S MY NAME? VIVIAN SOTO

    Talking about my story openly is difficult. Not because I feel shame or embarrassment, simply because of reliving past trauma. Being a woman is hard enough but even harder with external pressure such as being a minority, the firstborn, and desiring success etc.  Those pressures become challenges and obstacles as you get older. No one can prepare you for Life, I mean our parents try but they are barely keeping it together (something you realize as you get older). So, considering obstacles I have faced in my 26 years of life, I realize the journey is what matters. We always want to talk about triumphant moments because the culture we live in make it significant. We love to glorify beauty and perfection even though we are all human and know very well life is imperfect.

  • ANAVIC IBANEZ CANLAS

    WHAT'S MY NAME? ANAVIC IBANEZ CANLASMODEL / JOURNALIST “If you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you’re going.” That’s the...
  • SARA TABAREZ

    WHAT'S MY NAME? SARA TABAREZ
    BROADCAST JOURNALISM & DOCUMENTARY

    My first time picking up a video camera was 8 years old. I begged my parents that year for a video camera and one of those little TV’s that had the VHS slots in it. I always knew I was fascinated by that type of art, and wanted to document life around me, but I didn’t know it until I got older and started to evaluate what really was important in my life.
  • PALMO FARBER

    WHAT'S MY NAME? PALMO FARBER DESIGN MEDIA ARTS / CREATIVE DIRECTION Hello! My name is Palmo Farber and I’m a 24 year old Tibetan, Polish, Ukrainian...
  • EDITH SAMANTHA RAMIREZ

    WHAT’S MY NAME? EDITH SAMANTHA RAMIREZ
    Model / Yoga Teacher / Entrepreneur
    Say hello to eeedithlovee, my alter ego; the fearless stage personal who follows her dreams and inspires others to do the same. That’s how I present myself in my career; whether it be in front of the camera lens, in the Yoga studio, or creating a new marketing campaign! But who I am, and how I developed the confidence to be “eeedithlovee” is the real story here. I am Edith Samantha Ramirez, a 27 year old Model, Yoga Teacher, and Entrepreneur.
  • ALEXIS URBIZTONDO

    WHAT’S MY NAME? ALEXIS URBIZTONDOENTREPRENEUR / MODEL / BRIDAL CONSULTANT Just a girl from Seattle, WA. Never in a million years did I ever th...
  • DR. MARICELLE LICUANAN

    WHAT’S MY NAME? I am Dr. Maricelle Licuanan (Doc Mace)

    VETERINARIAN DOCTOR

    I am a veterinarian since 2002. I am a mother of 4 beautiful boys. I founded the Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation. We aim to change the animal welfare situation in the Philippines and eradicate Rabies by umabely controllong dog and cat population thru spay/neuter. I have been an advocate of spay and neuter since 2006. We practice flank spay approach to in our ovariohysterectomy procedure, we believe it is the most efficient and safest way. I conduct trainings here and other countries as well.

  • LEI NORWOOD

    WHAT'S MY NAME? LEI NORWOODENTREPRENEUR / BUSINESSWOMAN My name is Lei Norwood, a devoted wife and mom to three boys. Before I even had the privile...
  • ALEIA THERIZA

    WHAT'S MY NAME? ALEIA THERIZA
    MUSICIAN

    As a teenager in today’s society, I go through major anxiety on a daily basis. I constantly feel pressured to look and act a certain way, based on everyone else’s standards of what a woman should be and look like. Living in LA, I constantly find myself falling into the trap of “You have to wear this, and pose like this so you get this amount of likes and feel better about yourself.” But NO. After finding myself falling into the trap of living in an artificial world, I reassure myself that I am so much more.
  • FRANCINE CARLUEN

    WHAT'S MY NAME? FRANCINE CARLUEN
    HUMAN RESOURCES

    I salute the women that were chosen to write about themselves on here. They are strong, independent and inspirational individuals. My name is Francine Carluen and I’m 29 years old. I have been surrounded by mostly women my entire life. I went to Assumption Antipolo, an all-girls school in the Philippines from kindergarten to fifth grade. In the US, I joined the girls tennis team at Orange High School. I have two amazing sisters and one caring brother. And to top it off we have two crazy but loving nieces, Skiye and Kenzie.
  • SABRINA MESINA

    WHAT'S MY NAME? Sabrina Mesina
    VISUAL ARTIST / STYLIST
    I've always wanted to make art, any kind of art— And all the women in my life have had a hand in enabling me in my journey. My Grandmother bought me a book on Matisse when I was 9, and I was so hooked. She and my Tita would send me art materials in these elaborate care packages after we moved out to the Philippines.. And my mom— I've watched my mom do it all, through it all.
    I would say I’ve taken many, many paths to get where I am now.. all difficult, all necessary. I had my first son when I was pretty young, I turned 21 the week after his birth and from then on I felt such self inflicted pressure to make sure I had everything together. I wanted to be the best mom but also not let any of my dreams fall to the back burner because I was a mom now. Maybe foolishly thinking I could suppress unwarranted judgement from my peers while I was at it. I tried to keep up with art and commissioning projects while juggling full-time mom duties.