Steph Jael

What is it that empowers you most?
Seeing the growth in others. When I see someone else feel inspired, I feel empowered too! I’m a sucker for the belief that we can all win. 

What is it that you love most about yourself?
My endless thirst for curiosity. And the natural inclination to run right through fear. Even though I am terrified.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
A good hair day. Collared shirts. When I catch my partner staring at me

Who is your biggest role model and why?
Right now its between Jay Z and Cornell West
Jay Z – for building an empire despite what he grew up in
Cornell West – for being an impeccable active listener. Something I need to work on. 

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Maya Angelou for sure : )

You can and will be a role model. And I love you.

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Mulan. Because she is brave!

What is your biggest life goal?
To be the person I needed growing up. That is, to make as many of the people I meet feel like they can do anything

And to learn to slow down. 

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I’m still working on it. To date; have the courage to try to self-love

What is your favourite quote?
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ― Oscar Wilde

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
You can and will be a role model, a leader and a healer. And I love you.

What does feminism mean to you?
Permission to love who I am. A reason to empower others to do the same.


Steph Jael is a photographer, writer, communicator and "accidental activist" in Winnipeg, Canada