Power to the women who pave the way for every woman who came before her and every little girl to come.
This International Women's Day we’ve shortlisted inspirational women who influence us daily, push boundaries and who we believe embody our MERABI values. Get to know each woman below and follow their journey with us:
JESSICA JACKSON: HUMAN RIGHTS ATTORNEY - CALIFORNIA, USA.
Jessica is a fierce change-maker, Human Rights Attorney and Chief Advocacy Officer at REFORM Alliance. A multi-faceted and dynamic business woman, Jessica is also the co-founder of #cut50 and an advocate for the thousands of lives affected by the US prison system.
ARIAN SIMONE: ENTREPRENEUR + INVESTOR - ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
Arian invests in the future of individuals; especially passionate about motivating and supporting the growth and fair successes of women of colour through investment funding. She is also a self-made entrepreneur, philanthropist, best-selling author, international speaker, and PR & marketing specialist.
KIRSTY GALLACHER: SPORTS PRESENTER - EDINBURGH, UK.
Kirsty is notably one of the most iconic British women to take on the vastly male-dominated world of Sports personalities in the 90’s - spanning her career as anchor for Sky Sport News until 2018. From the runway, she brought a femme face and a fundamental understanding of each game to the table and has continued to pioneer amongst her male peers throughout her career.
GRACE BEVERLEY: AUTHOR, FOUNDER OF FITNESS AND CONSCIOUS FASHION BRANDS: TALA + SHREDDY - London, UK.
Grace is the ultimate multi-hyphen heroine. Fitness figure turned author, CEO and founder of multi direct-to consumer brands, TALA & SHREDDY - it’s no surprise why Grace has been named as a force to be reckoned with. Boasting credits including Forbes and Drapers 30 under 30,Natwest GBEA Young Entrepreneur of the year, Sunday Times, Glamour and justly, many more. Most recently, she has published her own book - which aims to upskill others to build a business and career for themselves.
HEATHER RAE YOUNG: REAL ESTATE AGENT - CALIFORNIA, USA.
Heather has come to be a household name, following her success in elite real estate onSelling Sunset. Challenging conventions, she has risen to fame and self-made financial success dominating the primarily male-led industry. Using her platform to engage with her new-found receptive audience, she has found her voice and positioned herself as a role model for young women; proving you can achieve anything when you put the work in.
ROCHELLE HUMES: TV HOST, AUTHOR AND ENTREPRENEUR - London, UK.
Rochelle has been in the spotlight for the best part of her life and has remained dignified and focused throughout. A firm, family-first woman, Rochelle has applied her first-hand learnings of motherhood in her latest ventureMy Little Coco; supporting Mother and baby, with natural care products. Whatever form of media she bosses, her message is uplifting, inspiring and always encourages her audience to live a fulfilled and authentic life.
KATIE PIPER: AUTHOR, BROADCASTER, FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE OF KPF - LONDON, UK.
Katie is an undisputed inspiration. A woman who bared her scars for the world to see, commanding her own narrative and giving a voice to other burns survivors; granting new representation for those rarely-seen in the media previously. Katie has gone on to create the Katie Piper Foundation - a platform, whose aim is to have a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well being. Her ongoing efforts to give others a voice and be heard, extends to her career as an author and broadcaster, with her podcast seriesExtraordinary People which introduces inspirational people who have turned incredible adversity into powerful positivity.
NIA SANCHEZ: MISS USA & SELF-DEFENSE INSTRUCTOR - LA, USA.
Nia is the ultimate triple threat and a role model for young women globally. Crowned Miss USA, Miss World 1st RU, expert pageant coach and self-defense instructor, Nia is leading a new generation forwards with powerful results. Her classes are based on grounding values, self-belief and forward thinking attitudes, for young girls to champion when competing in the pageant world - the traits and practices, which also transfer into their everyday lives and the success of their future.
ROXIE NAFOUSI, SELF DEVELOPMENT COACH - LONDON, UK.
Roxie is a trailblazer for making dreams a reality and promises that yours can be achieved too, understanding the power of hard work and self-love. Self-professed Manifesting Expert, her work is built on the belief of a majorcan-do attitude and prioritising our wellbeing through our lives. Podcast Broadcaster and regular contributor to POOSH, her pieces of work explore mindful practices and motivating ways to cultivate change and action in our lives.
JEN ATKIN: HAIR STYLIST, ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR - CALIFORNIA, USA.
Considered one of the most influential hair stylists in the world, Jen has risen to fame working closely with the elite celebrity world. Entrepreneur and columnist, Jen has developed her craft into the globally acclaimed brands OUAI and Mane Addicts, providing care and consultation for the hair of the world, whilst showcasing emerging trends, hair artistry and giving a platform for undiscovered stylists.
ZENA FOSTER: FOUNDER OF ZENA FOSTER BEAUTY - CALIFORNIA, USA.
Zena is the founding-Mother of ‘at home’, quality, self care. Her luxury beauty brandZena Foster Beauty is a boutique beauty company, focusing on skincare and self-care at home, with spa quality products to promote a healthy life and body. Juggling the demands of family life and nurturing her own body, she has created a brand and way of life which promotes women to have it all, without any sacrifices.
STEPH ELSWOOD: CHEF, CONTENT CREATOR, PT - LONDON, UK.
Steph believes that the feeling of being empowered after a training session, far outweighs the benefits of training for appearance. Her workout plans, step-by-step recipes and lifestyle endorse healthy living for a happier mind and body. Another example of a woman making waves in what was once a male dominated industry, she is an ambitious role model for every generation, who radiates positivity and encourages others to achieve their goals too.
MONA KATTAN: ENTREPRENEUR, FOUNDER OF HUDA & WISHFUL SKIN - LOCATION DUBAI, UAE.
Founding creator and CEO of beauty giant HUDA Beauty, Mona has created a global brand adored by the stars and an audience of all ages, race and genders. Her secondary business baby,Wishful Skin,is a breath of fresh air of unfiltered photos and ‘real-life’ models; rising as a new innovative approach to fashion, in the world of filters, social media and clouded beauty standards. Her work is a vision of inclusivity and representation, which has been received by the world with humbling rapport. Mona is investing in the future of others too, with HUDA offering investment for emerging businesses, to grow and mentor their success.