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ANASTASIA GANIAS GELLIN

Mother, Actress, Producer

Anastasia has always been a force of nature, using her creativity, intelligence and savoire faire to translate her thoughts into acting action: "I have always felt most empowered when I'm being creative. When my family finally let me run free in the theater at about the age of 15, I found my calling. Suddenly I wasn't trying to be good at something that came so easy to my siblings and peers (like sports or  algebra); I picked up Shakespeare, doing every single play that was offered in school and locally, so I soared ... it was natural and invigorating, I knew I was just good at it.  That gave me the confidence I needed to continue my studies, which eventually led to a move to the West Coast where I worked as an actor in television and film."

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when you find something that you know you are good at it's probably going to  be the most challenging thing ever but stick with it and focus and f$%k what everyone else thinks

In her acting life, she has guest starred (this is her IMDb) on shows such as Dexter, Parks and Recreation, Desperate Housewives, Party Down, CSI: Miami, and CSI: New York. One of Ganias' most notable roles to date was a guest starring role as Megan in the multicamera comedy, According to Jim.  Directed by Penny Marshall, Anastasia worked alongside  Garry Marshall and Jim Belushi. In film, she starred as Claire in the 2012 award-winning indie comedy Missed Connections, which premiered at the GenArt Film Festival. In 2012, Anastasia was cast as Tracy Togs in the fifth season of True Blood as a recurring character.

Q&A WITH ANASTASIA

What makes you an empowered as a woman through your creativity? 

I have always felt most empowered when I’m being creative. When my family finally let me run free in the theater when I was about 15 I found my calling. Suddenly I wasn’t trying to be good at something that came so easy to my siblings and peers ( like sports or  algebra ) I picked up Shakespeare and started doing every single play that was offered in school and locally and I soared ...it was natural and invigorating and I knew I was just good at it.  That gave me the confidence I needed to continue my studies and then eventually let to a move to the west coast where I worked as an actor in television & film.  

What is your relationship to KZ and how do you feel connected with our brand?

KZ and I have know each other for years actually I was sitting in the audience when she won GenArt for best upcoming designer. That was you right KZ?! :) I mean we both came from the same type of background in a sense (strict European families that are from another generation) and I guess we just have always had a lot in common. Her hard work, and love for what she does shines through every piece she makes. I’m just so impressed with how functional and easy every piece is especially now that I’m a mamma. I mean when she first told me about her washable leather pants I nearly died! She’s just such an awesome creative and not to sound like a cliche but I am a firm believer of women empowering other women and that’s exactly what KZ does ! She lives her life that way.  

Why does your work make you an empowered woman?

Well what may empower me may not empower another woman.  Becoming  a mother and nursing my son for 1 year made me feel the most empowered I had in a while. The commitment and discipline one needs to really do that is just insane. I didn’t have a baby nurse or any help the first year besides my mother ( god bless her) and   I just become a tiger mamma. It all  came pretty naturally just like I mentioned above about finding my place in the world through the theater. So I guess my advice would be when you find something that you know you are good at it’s probably going to  be the most challenging thing ever but stick with it and focus and f$&&k what everyone else thinks. I’m so happy I did things my way.  I’ve learned to trust my gut, my body and my instincts that’s really the path to happiness and success.  

 
 
 
 
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DAUN CURRY

Interior Designer, Mother, Creator

Recently cited by Vogue magazine as an interiors talent to watch, each of Curry's projects balance bold new ideas and custom design with effortless livability. As a mother, wife, and business owner, Curry acutely understands the necessity of spaces that are useful, personal, and beautiful. Her design process is structured to meet the demands of a fast-paced modern world while simultaneously improving and simplifying the lifestyle of each client.

Adept at high end residential, boutique and hospitality design, Curry and her work have been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Elle Decor, amongst others. She is also a four time nominee for the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award

Raised in Florida and educated at Parsons School of Design, Curry now lives in Manhattan with her husband Bryan, daughter Lyla and family dog Charlie.

"Empowerment comes from learning and gaining new skills. Prove to yourself that you are capable of anything."

Q&A WITH DAUN

What makes you empowered as a woman through your creativity? 

Action. Productivity through my design work makes me feel empowered. I don’t like sitting around thinking about things too much. I’m much more connected through action and keeping things moving forward.

What is your relationship to KZ and how do you feel connected with our brand? 

I feel connected to the architecture and thoughtfulness of the brand - the moments of unexpected detail, and the innovation of the design and fabric selection. I am also connected to Karolina personally through her passion and commitment to greatness.

Why does your work make you an empowered woman? 

My work makes me feel alive and fulfilled which I think is very empowering. I feel extremely grateful that I am able to contribute to the world of design.

 
 
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Nancy Gomez

Photographer, Model, Creator

Frankie Mark is a photographer, producer, and model based in Los Angeles, California. 

Born in El Salvador, Frankie fled to the United States with her family as a refugee. Raised for a short while in Dallas, TX, she has spent the majority of her life in New York City, where she has worked as a model since she was a teenager. Her travels around the world and her experiences in front of the camera would eventually lead her to discover her true passion— photography. Studying under famed and accomplished photographers Mark Seliger & Michel Comte, Frankie has now shot and published projects for Vogue Italia, L’officiel, C-Heads Magazine, Galore, and more. Most recently, she produced Mark Seliger’s latest book On Christopher Street, published by Rizzoli.

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Empowerment is about being free to be your authentic self.

Q&A WITH NANCY

What makes you empowered as a woman through your creativity? 

I have the freedom to express myself how I want.  Share my thoughts, feelings through my Photographs. Waking up and doing what I love is very empowering.  

What is your relationship to KZ and how do you feel connected with our brand? 

The main reason I feel connected to KZ is because it was built by an incredible woman who stands very bravely for what she believes. Karolina is very inspiring in so many ways.  She's a fearless woman who has worked endlessly to make her passions a reality. Wearing KZ makes me feel confident and strong.  Also very feminine at the same time.  Have you worn her leather pants??!?! I live in them. Day and night. 

Why does your work make you an empowered woman? 

Collaboration.  Getting to meet and work with talented women. The women I get to create with are by far my favorite thing about being a photographer. Whether it be the model I am shooting, make up artist, stylist, producer, editor, list goes on. Being around these women gives me inspiration and energy.  We are better together. 

What message/statement would you like to make for other women out there looking to be empowered? 

Empowerment is about being free to be your authentic self.  I'm grateful that my mother instilled that in me and always encouraged me to support that in women.  Stand in your power.  There is infinite power  within you beautiful woman.  Find peace with in, take care of you.  That's what matters the most. You.