Women and girls everywhere need to see and know that collaboration is more powerful than competition. During Leomie’s busy New York Fashion Week schedule, she took the time to meet with Natacha to discuss and photograph Ustawi products. That is what sisterhood empowerment is all about, making time for the people you admire. Leomie is a part of the Ustawi family forever, not just because we love seeing her use Ustawi, but because she recognizes the power that women have when we unite together. Make sure to check out more of Leomie and Natacha on our NYFW Instagram page highlight. Lastly, don’t forget to support Leomie by following LAPP The Brand along with shopping her Ustawi favorites on our site.
Black women around the world have always been the blueprint, especially when it comes to beauty and fashion, but we can’t forget about sisterhood. Black women have always been dedicated to supporting one another through collaboration and inspiration. The first step to creating sisterhood is empowerment. When you see your fellow sister doing something great the best thing you can do is tell them. Simple words of encouragement like “ I see you sis” can create connections that will have a long-lasting impression.
Ustawi founder, Natacha Paugam, is deeply rooted in women’s empowerment. She inspired women around the world as Miss Congo and continues to do so with Ustawi by partnering with ChildFund International, committing to donations to help support the education of children in Africa. Natacha is motivated by the women in her country and women around the world. In her recent travels to New York, she was able to connect and collaborate with the world-renowned model and founder of LAPP the brand, Leomie Anderson.
Natacha (left) Leomie (right)
Leomie and Natacha are both the epitome of what it means to be a strong Black woman. They both are CEOs of their own companies, leaders in their communities, and are sincerely dedicated to inspiring women around the world to show up as their authentic selves. Women like Natacha and Leomie are prime examples of “ representation matters”. In an exchange at Leomie’s LAPP pop-up shop in early September, the two discussed their admiration for each other’s brands and how collaboration is needed to propel more black-owned businesses forward.