The women who made me By cre­ative di­rec­tor Rharha Nem­b­hard

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Artist and cre­ative di­rec­tor of the ac­claimed revo­lu­tion­ary move­ment Noir­wave Rharha Nem­b­hard, 28, is very much the def­i­ni­tion of a force to be reck­oned with. Here, she talks the five women who have been the most in­flu­en­tial and in­spi­ra­tional in her life.


She gave me life. I am be­cause of her. She is my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion, and a vi­sion­ary who carves dreams into re­al­ity daily. She has taught me that any­thing is pos­si­ble with prayer, hard work and tun­nel vi­sion.


I was in­tro­duced to Jenn Nkiru’s work in 2017. Her short film, Re­birth is Nec­es­sary, com­pletely changed my life. Her work shifted my con­scious­ness in ways that I could only dream of. As a black fe­male di­rec­tor, she is carv­ing out a new nar­ra­tive of black con­scious­ness and in­spir­ing a trail of women, in­clud­ing my­self, to take their right­ful place and level up.


Ever­ine Nem­b­hard taught me how to be free in spirit, body and mind. She a‚rmed my cre­ativ­ity and gave me the free­dom to be at a time when I was still very much find­ing out who ex­actly I was. Her per­sonal style was very pro­gres­sive and out of the box. She has in­spired me to live un­apolo­get­i­cally on my own terms.


An un­mov­able, un­shake­able ma­tri­arch who is a tower of strength, I’m al­ways in­spired by her strength in the face of ad­ver­sity. She carved out a life for her and her fam­ily in spite of ex­treme chal­lenges, and did so with grace and laugh­ter. She is my refuge in times of trouble and has taught me how to find in­ner strength time and time again.


I’m con­stantly in­spired by the way she pushes the lim­its. Ma­rina in­spires me to keep go­ing, to keep break­ing bound­aries, to be still, to fol­low my path and em­brace the ideas that seem im­pos­si­ble.

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