Inspired by so many amazing women I've been seeing around me- on the internet, in my life, or in print- I've decided to start a new series. Much like stuck in my head or recommendations, "the greats" will share what I love or admire- in this case, people. Without further ado, the first great of many: Annika of the blog The Pineneedle Collective.
Annika is a fashion blogger, but The Pineneedle Collective goes beyond that title. She promotes ethically-sourced fashion, which means refusing to support companies who may use sweatshop labor. To do this, she thrifts (which, if made by an unethical company, doesn't give them any of the profits) and makes her own clothes. She's also studying science in university (and integrates it into her blog posts!), showing that a girl can be smart and pretty and interested in fashion. Largely due to praise being based on appearance instead of academia (or athletics, or art, etc.), girls are underrepresented in scientific fields. People like Annika are important in adolescence, showing that girls can truly be whatever they want.
And so, I applaud Annika as a feminist role model and generally adorable person, and invite you all to look at the lovely pictures and text adorning her blog.