What is it that empowers you most?
Self-sufficiency. Even fixing something around the house makes me feel like I'll last a little longer after the apocalypse.
What is it that you love most about yourself?
My independence...but also whatever magic that has lead me to develop a seriously strong #GirlSquad. My independence has led me to take on new cities on my own, where I have formed those friendships.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
Wearing beautiful clothes that I made or that were made in ethical conditions. I don't understand the appeal of costume parties, and I think that's because I get joy from creating outfits every day. I fully reject the notion that thinking about clothing is trivial. Not only can clothing have a huge impact on the way we feel, but caring about clothing can also mean caring about the people who make our clothing.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
My mom. She showed me that a creative career is a legitimate life choice. She also taught me how to sew and introduced me to Jane Austen.
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Samantha Bee, for being my queen of satire and bringing women's issues into the forefront. Emma Watson, for passionately promoting feminism and slow fashion.
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Elizabeth Bennet, probably visiting some of her bizarre relations. I would be witty and laugh a lot and refuse to marry my weird cousin. Then I would have some spirited banter with Mr. Darcy and probably insult him.
What is your biggest life goal?
To fully merge my graphic design career with my slow fashion passion.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Making the switch from music, which had been my trajectory for 20 years, to graphic design.
What is your favourite quote?
"Buy less, choose well, make it last." – Vivienne Westwood
If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
Your feelings are real.
What does feminism mean to you?
Choice. For women and men (and everyone in between) to have the real choice to have meaningful careers or stay home with the kids – or not have kids. No one should be discouraged from doing something based on their gender. Feminism has made so many gains, but there are still some roles women are expected to fill, and men are still discouraged from being too “feminine".
Elise Epp is a Graphic Designer in Winnipeg, Canada