"Education is empowering; but more importantly, learning about other cultures in other parts of the world and being inspired to travel outside of my comfort zone is what pushes me to be unique, brave, and fearless. Knowledge and understanding are powerful, and they are what inspire me to be a wonderfully feminine, youthful change maker on a macro level."
- Rachel Marie McCave
“My Judaism empowers me. I am comforted by the knowledge that curiosity, justice, and kindness are at the core of my cultural heritage, and having that heritage makes me more secure as I navigate the world around me. Being Jewish means that thousands of years of tradition has guided all of my ancestors, my fellow Jews, and myself, and now it is my chance to carry on that cultural heritage.”
- Chava Schapira
“I am empowered by make-believe because it allows space for possibility and exploration through another's eyes. It engenders empathy, perspective, learning, and play, as well as self-discovery once the mask comes off. Make-believe helps us see the world as it is and how it can be, from the power of our imagination and the freedom of our fantasy.”
- Futaba Shioda
Title: CELEBRATE WOMEN
Date: 8th March, 2016
Location: New York City
CELEBRATE WOMEN was an open invitation series created in recognition of International Women's Day. Participants were asked to respond to the question "what empowers you?" and exerted as much control over their visual narratives as possible by choosing their own props, poses, captions, and the final image selected.
Shanghai based photographers Millie Wong, David Santiano
, and Brian Ho collaborated with Nicole. In total 70 women participated and the series was viewed online over 20,000 times in the first week of online publication. Nicole presented CELEBRATE WOMEN at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women with the support of NGOs Lensational and the Red Elephant Project.