Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Anna Akbari.
As I mentioned when I started doing the Fabulous Friday Female, this project is a group effort and I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate not just the women who inspire me, but also those who inspire YOU.
So a huge thanks goes out to Katrina G who stepped forward and asked me to feature Anna Akbari as one of our Fabulous Friday Females as she is someone who she considers a powerful yet feminine woman.
Here’s what Katrina had to say about Anna:
Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU?
Dr. Anna Akbari is a serial entrepreneur committed to living and working interdisciplinarily. On any given day, she can be found moving between roles as an academic, tech entrepreneur, social interaction designer, fashion consultant, writer, and guest speaker.
Anna is a sociologist and professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Costume Studies department at New York University. She is also the founder of Closet Catharsis, her fashion and image consulting company, which takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. Her most recent endeavor, Sociology of Style, is an email newsletter and website that offers smart, timely commentary on image-related issues. It blends pop culture, sociology, and practical advice on topics related to fashion, body, and culture. Unlike most traditional stylists, Anna looks at the social significance of visual self-presentation and asks people to rethink who they are and who they want to become by understanding the power of aesthetics — making her the thinking person’s stylist.
Anna Akbari previously founded Splice, an enterprise software recommendation engine, and Brainwright, an arts and humanities coaching company. She served as the Chief Image Advisor for Dapprly, a men’s fashion app offering users timely, private style advice from the people they know and trust. She is a frequent guest lecturer and writer, most recently for TEDxSiliconAlley, The Atlantic, The Financial Times, Above the Law, Stylecaster, and a consultant for brands and agencies. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy on scholarship for Theater; she received her B.A. in Religious and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University, an M.A. in Liberal Studies and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research.
When she’s not building relationships or dressing people, Anna enjoys singing karaoke and rollerskating (not necessarily at the same time). As the co-founder of the New York Tech Karaoke Meetup, she believes that technologists and karaoke are a natural duo. You may also have seen her getting her grove on with the disco roller skaters in Central Park (truly the happiest place in New York).
So please join me today in acknowledging and celebrating Anna for being a role model to others as a powerful but feminine woman.
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female or Fellow, then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female or Fellow? (Their name and location in the world)
- Why are they a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know them? What do they do? In what way are they inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of them online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU.
…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!