An Autumn/Winter 2017 Collaboration

November 7, 2017

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WOMEN IN FORTNIGHT: Meaghan ConroyMidori Mukai, Linda Yahya, Nola Palmer, Char San Pedro

Photo Series by Leeor Wild
Interview By: Fortnight

In celebration of energy, strength, beauty. Of the tiniest of details and the broadest of strokes. Of eyebrows, belly buttons, toes and everything in between. – Leeor Wild, Photographer






FORTNIGHT: Who are you and what do you do?

MEAGHAN: My name is Meaghan Conroy, I am a former plus size model with B&M Models – currently I am trying to find my way around in this crazy thing called life. Wish me luck 😉

FORTNIGHT: When do you feel most confident?

MEAGHAN: I feel most confident in a simple white tee and red lipstick. Red to me has always been a symbol of confidence.






FORTNIGHT: Who are you and what do you do?

MIDORI: Midori Mukai, Creative Consultant and Muse

FORTNIGHT: What does feeling beautiful mean to you?

MIDORI: To me true beauty is a combination of self-love and bravery. Everything else falls into place after that, effortlessness, allure, and charisma.

FORTNIGHT: When do you feel most confident?

MIDORI: Practicing self love and self care are daily rituals a lot of us forget; dancing around the house, taking time to be still, treating yourself to tokens of affection, it’s the little things. I feel most confident when I’ve remembered to appreciate myself.






FORTNIGHT: Who are you and what do you do?

LINDA: I’m Linda Yahya, and I am a Toronto-based lover of, among other things, travel, free samples, the colours of the desert and walking. I walk everywhere. I also work in PR.

FORTNIGHT: What does feeling beautiful mean to you?

LINDA: As cliché as it sounds – There really is an energy to beauty. Feeling beautiful is feeling that warmth radiating from within you or within others. Ethereal-sounding? …I believe it.






FORTNIGHT: Who are you and what do you do?

CHAR: I’m Char San Pedro! It’s sometimes difficult for me to talk about myself without wanting to cringe and gall so here goes! I like dense garlic hummus, nature and really, really loud 90s hip-hop an awful lot. But no one thing inspires me. Music, art, and human connections are deeply alive in my DNA. I’m a writer and humanitarian first and foremost. However, professionally I’ve been a part of the creative and entertainment industry for as long as I can remember wearing many hats, juggling varying projects. At the moment, I am an Artist Manager for one of the dopest R&B singers in the city, I’ve been working in film production for about 8 years and model with Plutino Group. With that, I started an initiative foundation, ‘Good To Be Good’, that supports the urgent needs of local charities and ignites engagement on human right topics. I hold quarterly charity drive events and raise vital donations through collective community and with the aid of industry peers. Wellness and health drive a big part of my life and purpose, which has been commonplace as well. I am a fervent advocate for social injustices, healthy and mindful eating, veganism and draw breath by the principal, “AHIMSA” which means, not to injure pain or violence on all living things. Over and above, I strive to be a better friend, sister, partner and optimist by fulfilling the human responsibility to love, create and take care while I’m here. Oh! Also, laughing is the most fun. I like doing that too.

FORTNIGHT: When do you feel most confident?

CHAR: Confidence and empowerment are very much sisters. Unabashed empowerment comes from within, despite the influence of others or externals, and is fostered by one’s self-reliance and personal sense of freedom. It is the foundation of who we are, of our choices and our expressions. You cannot fake confidence. You can only find it. And sometimes not in the most favorable ways – but through leaning in, learning, burning and yearning the unexpected, the unusual and the unpredictable. With a deeper instinct, we can compel our unforeseen strength, have trust in our courage and own our lives by doing our very best while we’re here.






FORTNIGHT: Are there any self-care rituals that are important to you?

CHAR: Over the years, I’ve solely adapted holistic, natural and wholesome habits and practices. Making healthy choices that are good for your body is not a fad. It is a lifestyle commitment; one that benefits your insides and the world we live in. I make a conscious decision to eat a plant based diet that’s heavy in vegetables, superfoods, lower in sugar fruits and good fats such as coconut, nuts and beans. I say no to (refined) sugar, wheat and gluten products and say yes to lower glycemic grains like brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa. I take delight in drinking lots of lemon water and green tea throughout the day, always staying away from sugar laden drinks, alcohol and drugs. I love doing an apple cider vinegar rinse to my hair once in awhile, drinking aloe vera and taking primrose oil vitamins to maintain the health of my skin and drink a green smoothie in the morning to keep energy levels up! I like keeping my immune system in check by taking crushed garlic and (dairy free) probiotics too. Lots of walking, moving around (spinning/hula hooping are my favourites) and strengthening cognitive function with mental activity.





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