The Academy of Art University was established back in 1929, and it has produced a large abundance of work that spans for multiple genres. Its motto, “built by artists that’s for artists,” rings true on all levels because it has given the world some of the best work in film, design and fashion. Every year in September, this affluent institution represents itself at one of the fashion industry’s biggest meccas. New York Fashion Week is the cream-of-the-crop, especially when it comes to fashion. For 2017, Academy of Art University put on another great showing by displaying five womenswear lines, two collaborations and two menswear lines. This marks the school’s 21st straight appearance under the bright lights of the big city.
Talented designers from all over the globe make their appearances for all things that’s new in fashion. Academy of Art University represented itself with 10 of its BFA and MFA graduates. Some of the hottest and most futuristic attire was on full-display for the world to see. This includes industry-insiders, celebrities and the general public. Ms. J. Alexander from “America’s Next Top Model” was spotted in the attendance for one of the shows, but there were plenty more high-profile candidates scattered amongst the crowd. Of course, this was another great showing by this extraordinary school and that’s a fact. Academy of Art University’s Hailun Zhou, Dina Marie Lam and Carlos Rodriguez were just a few of the former graduates that blessed this grand event.
Located in San Francisco, California, this for-profit school has a beautiful urban-campus. New Montgomery Street is the main thoroughfare that provides the best view of the school’s hallowed grounds. This is the school that is truly designed to prepare aspiring professionals for the fields of design, the arts and communications.
Academy of Art University is said to be one of the largest privately owned art and design schools in America. In the city of San Francisco, this school is also said to be one of the largest property owners. In the end, passion, consistency and excellence personifies the Academy of Art University to the highest degree.
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Women have become a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. More and more women are getting tired of taking back seat to their male counterparts. And this rise of talent and ambition is getting some people a lot more interest.
Take Desiree Perez as a prime example. In a sense she is standing with a male peer. In this case it’s JAY-Z. But she’s ranking one spot higher on the power 100. This is rather remarkable given her position as Chief Operating Officer of Roc Nation. Roc Nation is a business owned by JAY-Z. So having someone in his employee rank higher in the power 100 is notable to say the least.
Of course it’s important to remember that the ranking is friendly competition. Desiree Perez and JAY-Z aren’t just employer and employee. The pair are also fast friends who really enjoy what the other brings to any partnership. It’s one of the reasons that they work so well together.
And of course JAY-Z is human. Another thing he likes is when someone can increase his fortune. And that’s something that Desiree Perez has been able to do with Roc Nation. She’s one of the dominant women in the music industry for good reason. This talented woman gets the results she goes after.
She’s one of the true legends among music executives. And in many ways she’s been one of the influencers who made JAY-Z who he is today. She showcases that a woman can hold a position of power and influence even when her name isn’t quite as well known. The kingmakers aren’t always behind the scenes anymore. And Desiree Perez has shown herself to be one of the best of the best when it comes to generating influence.
As a fan of fairy tales and bright make-up Doe Deere sought to create a line of cosmetics to bring these colors to life. The “Unicorn Queen” of colors is one of the first successful female Entrepreneurs to launch a make-up company online in 2008. This was pioneer at the time since there weren’t many online cosmetic companies. Doe Deere dedicates her time to creating boldly colorful and cruelty-free cosmetics.
For seven years Doe Deere has created her own custom hair colors that she would later add to the Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair dye collection. Doe’s natural hair color is red, but she has had every color of the rainbow spectrum for her hair color. She is mostly known, however, for her magenta hue which is featured on Lime Crime as the Unicorn Hair dye known as Pony.
Doe Deere was born June 1981 in Izhevsk, Russia under the name Xenia Vorotova. She moved to the US at the age of seventeen and speaks both Russian and English. She went to study fashion at the New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
She lives in a two-story Victorian style house in Los Angeles with her husband Mark Dumbleton and their two cats. Mark and Doe have known each other for nearly twenty years, and he helped her by co-founding her cosmetic company Lime Crime.
Back in the days of Myspace, she was in a “fairy tale rock band” called Sky Salt. She later went on to start a solo career in music in 2008. Before she started the beauty brand Lime Crime she used to sell DIY clothing on Ebay under the same name. She decided to create make-up to go along with her clothing line which was what started Lime Crime.
She is known predominately for her controversial life in the beauty industry as the founder of Lime Crime. It is believed that her connection to the brand is the number one cause for Lime Crime’s 10-year infamy and its success mainstream. Despite all her controversial moments she has struggled through to bring people a splash of color with her love of fairy tales and makeup.
Whitney Wolfe was born in 1989. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she is the CEO responsible for the popular Bumble app. She is also the cofounder of the dating app Tinder. Added to Business Insider’s Most Important Women under 30 list in 2014, she is a true trail blazer. She would continue to grace the Forbes list over the next few years.
Whitney Wolfe has been on the cover of numerous magazines and earned her way to the TIME 100 list in April 2018. She served as Vice President of Marketing for the Tinder app. Her efforts led to the app exploding with downloads in college campuses as well as other markets. In December 2014 Whitney Wolfe had moved to Austin, Texas and founded the Bumble app. This was innovative because it gave females more control while using the dating app. This would empower women users of the dating app all over.
Within one year of putting it on the market, the app saw over 15 million conversations and 80 million matches. Bumble has over 30 million registered users. Forbes reports that the app is worth more than $1 billion. The app differs from traditional dating apps in the fact that females must initiate the communication contact to the guy. Features such as this has tremendously decreased harassment claims and reports.
The company’s headquarters is located in Austin Texas and has the nickname The Hive, rightfully so. With over 80 staff members, 85% of those staff members are females. The headquarters offices caters to it’s workers in the hive. Flexible work hours are in place as well as the ability to bring children to the office if needed.
Whitney Wolfe recently joined Imagine Entertainment as a board member. This company releases feature films, television programs, and various other programming. With the addition of her their company, Imagine Entertainment is sure to increase its already major reach and influence. Whitney Wolfe is indeed a visionary and innovator. Her passion to empower people, especially females in particular pushes her daily to carry on and progress. Each year she appears to be more successful than the previous so this upcoming year should be no different.
It’s rare, but every once in a while I will come across a woman in the business world that I had not been aware of before. I am a teacher of marketing, and I know a lot of women that have broken through the glass ceiling of the corporate world. When I came across Malini Saba, however, I was totally unfamiliar with who she was and what she was doing. In my research of Saba I would find that she was a chairman on the board at Saban, and she is also the founder of a group called Stree Foundation.
Both of these positions are admiral, but the thing that I would wonder about the most was how she could manage both positions and still find time for herself and her family. In my research I discovered that she had a daughter that she was very close to. Malini has mentioned that she would take the time to walk her daughter to school and refuse the help of a nanny for tasks like this. I found that amazing because most people that are in leadership positions are dedicated to the business. They are usually unavailable for things like taking their children to school, but Saba has found time to do this.
Her compassionate for her family makes it easy for me to see how she could have compassionate for women that may be in need of help. The Stree Foundation is something that she has given a lot of her