“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”

Rupi Kaur is a poet, best known for her short visual poetry which is featured in her two books, New York Times Best Seller Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers. Her work covers womanhood, feminism, trauma, love, racism, and the immigrant experience. Kaur is also a feminist and an advocate for self-love, using her influence to promote women’s rights and equality.

Nationality: Indian-Canadian

Industry: Publishing

Q: What does it mean for you to be a feminist, to speak up for women and to fight for women’s rights in a world that, so often, pities us against each other and makes us feel that we are not worth it?Vogue

A: “For me, being a feminist means to uplift all those who are oppressed. To sit at the intersections, to uplift people of colour, to uplift ​LGBTTQQIAAP communities, people who speak different languages, are refugees, or immigrants. People who are marginalized based on their caste or socioeconomic classes. I could go on and on. But being a feminist means not staying silent. Realizing that all people deserve to be equal. Raising your voice for communities ​who are being crushed by greater powers. It means to listen. It means to look at myself in the mirror everyday and ask myself how I can do more, how I can do better. It means accepting that I am not perfect, and it’s actually not about being perfect at all. It’s about learning and growing every single day. About being in conversation with each other.”