International Women’s Day. The Environmentalist | Arizona Muse
Making jewellery that empowers women isn’t just what we do; it’s what we do best. Stephen has always questioned the rigid traditions evolving around jewellery and, actually, the cases that excite Stephen the most are when a woman comes into the store, knows what she likes, purchases for herself, and wears the piece with confidence. Perhaps ‘empowering jewellery’ has always been our unwritten mantra, nevertheless, it’s one we will proudly continue.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have chosen to celebrate 5 inspirational women who are part of the Stephen Webster community, to share their thoughts on what it is to be a woman, and what International Women’s Day means to them. Here continues the series.
Arizona Muse – IG @arizona_muse.
Named as “the new face of American fashion” by leading fashion publications, Arizona Muse is an American model, environmental activist, ambassador and sustainability consultant for the fashion industry.
As a passionate advocate for social sustainability, intersectional environmentalism and environmental regeneration, it has become her life’s mission is to raise awareness about the climate emergency and to encourage governments, brands and individuals to put sustainability at the forefront of their agenda. She sits on the advisory board of The Sustainable Angle, a non-profit organization that initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimising the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Arizona was part of the Imagine for One Minute film alongside Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough and other activists to start the conversation around visualising a better future and how we get there. She has collaborated with Extinction Rebellion, is Greenpeace’s Oceans Ambassador, Aveda’s first global sustainability advocate, and has been involved with the Fashion Revolution and the Green Carpet challenge during Milan Fashion Week.
1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?
To me, it's a day to celebrate my interconnectedness to all things feminine, including the Earth.
2. What barriers have you faced as a woman, in becoming successful in your field and how did you overcome them?
I was born into a family where I felt completely equal to my brother, then worked in an industry that is strongly populated with women - so instead of highlighting challenges, I find it easier to explore and appreciate the luck I've had. I am not a woman who had to fight for my place, and I took that for granted. But it is through my environmental activism that I've learned a lot of things. One of the most important realisations being that not all women had the same experience of equality that I have had. I drew a dream card in the draw of women's equality. I now put a lot of energy into learning, listening to women's stories and educating men about women's empowerment, and how we even the scales on gender equality.
3. Which women do you admire and why?
I admire other female activists. It's a beautiful thing to see activists, the power they hold, the voice they have nurtured within themselves. Activism isn't always an obvious path. I, for instance, was a very shy child and would never have dreamed of becoming an activist. I was terrified by the idea of public speaking but now...I truly love it!
4. What are you most proud of doing?
I'm most proud of my own personal transformation, I decided I wanted to learn about the environment and sustainability and that journey has completely transformed the way I see the world and how I see my purpose in life.
5. If you had one piece of advice for aspiring women, what would it be?
Find your purpose. Your purpose won't be fulfilled easily, living a life of modern convenience. Purpose is about building connections within yourself to the natural world around you, love, and other humans.
Thank you to Arizona Muse for sharing her thoughts with us.
Discover our other inspiring women from the series below.