Laetitia Ky On International Women's Day 2020
For International Women’s Day 2020, who better to ask for the future of what it means to be female than our three current Digital Creator Winners of Elite Model Look. These young women are breaking boundaries, starting by becoming the very first influencers to capture the judges imagination and to win top prize at the EML World Final 2019.
Laetitia Ky was Digital Creator Winner at the EML World Final. She is an artist from the Ivory Coast who makes incredible creations with her hair, including on the issues of gender-based violence and sexism. Her works of art start conversations around the world and her online platform gives Laetitia a voice for African women on a global scale.
Read on to learn why she will be celebrating International Women's Day on 8th March - and how women can celebrate each other every day.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me, International Women’s Day is a reminder of all of the work we still need to do for equality of sexes. It’s also a day to celebrate all the women around the world for all of the amazing things they accomplish every day despite the difficulty of being a woman.
What does it mean to you to be a woman in 2020?
I don’t think I can define what it is to be a woman. I think there is as many definitions of woman as there is women!
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
If I was about to say something to my younger self 10 years ago, I wouldn’t say anything because I wouldn’t take the risk to say something which that would prevent me to do all of the mistakes I did before, because those mistakes and what I learned from those mistakes are the reason why I am the woman I am today.
Who is your heroine?
I have a lot of heroines there are so many amazing women in this world, but if I have to choose only one heroine, I would say my mom. She was the first feminist example in my life, and every day she shows me what it is to be a strong woman and she helps me to be a better person every day.
Which issue facing women and girls is most important in 2020?
If I was about to change something for women and girls in 2020, I think I would make disappear all the gender-based violence. I would also love to see more united women. I think that the lack of solidarity really slows us down in our fight.