In solidarity with you we stand
What beauty can come from oneness
Equality, peace, and empowerment
Spreading light like a sun kiss
Relentlessly loving and kind to the core
When you lift up others life becomes
a boundless shore
The Bella Tribe
Women's March Los Angeles
We met at the train station early in the morning with our unifying mission in mind.
We were full of excitement, some nerves, but mostly sisterhood.
Many of us had never been involved in a large scale protest, but we couldn't help but feel relentlessly compelled to march alongside, what turned out to be over seven hundred thousand, beautiful women.
The largest protest in U.S history in fact.
Even our Parisian babes in Europe had our back, how moving !
It was still dark out as we waited for the early train. I could already feel my mind and heart aligning toward gratitude.
It is hard to recall this day without getting emotional.
It was so impactful, beautiful, inspiring, and truly awakening.
You see so much on the news about the chaos of protests and the violence that comes from them.
This is what made me a little nervous that morning.
Of course the nervous energy melted away and the day turned out to be a flood of peace, unity, and pure joy !
Marching together in unity in order to protect our right to equality and encourage our nation to remember that all people deserve love, respect, and empowerment.
Sisterhood, love, and creativity (some of the signs were ingeniously hilarious!) is what I can recall so vividly.
We marched and chanted all throughout downtown LA peacefully, unified, and empowered. We chanted, sang, and danced along with musicians in the crowd.
We proudly held up our signs reading
"LOVE", "GIRL POWER", "DON'T FUCK WITH MY FLOWER", "WE ARE ONE"
"WOMEN'S RIGHTS...AM I RIGHT?"
The skies were bright blue and it really felt like the clouds parted for all of us. There was a downpour of rain that very next day. There was so much vibrance it's hard to not think of the day without seeing it through rose colored lenses.
Pink hats, red lips, colorful signs, artistic imagery everywhere along with a true tangible sense of camaraderie.
A proud day for every woman.
"No hate, no fear immigrants are welcome here!"
"Her body her choice, my body my choice !"
As women we are such layered beings. We are creators, mothers, daughters, best friends, lovers, encouragers, laborers, and obviously excellent multi-taskers.
The beauty of the message of equality is that we don't have to choose one role.
We don't have to be limited to someone else's idea of what a woman is supposed to embody. We embody womanhood from the day we were created.
Everyone is included in this.
Every body type, every religion, every personality, we are all beautiful multi faceted women!
The role of every woman is to be herself. It's amazing how much love exudes from a woman who accepts herself and chooses to lift up her sisters.
It is not societies role to limit you, to define your sexuality, to make you believe you don't have ownership over your own beautiful body.
You CAN be sexual AND serious.
You CAN love fashion AND humanitarianism.
You CAN be gentle AND strong.
You can be whatever the FUCK you want !
You are divinely created, infinitely loved, and have every right to shine brightly.
What a beautiful concept that we need to remind ourselves of everyday. It gets tough out there, which is why unity is so important.
Headstrong Mama's Unite !
The work of this march is not only to stand together in sisterhood and solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our families and our environment -- but it is also to build relationships and mend the divides between our communities. It’s hard work, and it will be ongoing. It’s an ambitious goal – one that reaches far beyond January 21st – but we believe that there is no other way forward. Only together can we march towards freedom.
We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
HEAR OUR VOICE.
-Women's March on Washington
To learn more about how to continue taking action and empower women visit
the official Women's March site HERE
The Bella Tribe
Words + Film Photography:
Lacée De Grasse