Zolaykha Sherzad is the founder and creative director at Zarif Design. Zolay has been featured in Vogue Italia and The New York Times, and her work exhibited at the MoMu fashion museum in Antwerp, Belgium. Her company, Zarif Design, is an Afghan fashion brand based in New York, Paris and Kabul whose mission is to economically and socially empower Afghan artisans, revive tradition, and shape the future. Zarif builds bridges locally and internationally and builds peace through connection and creativity.
March 8th is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’. Leading up to this month-long celebration of women, this episode of the Millie Podcast welcomes Mira Awad who fully embodies this year’s theme. Mira is a singer, songwriter, and actress who was born in Rahmeh Israel, and was raised in a Palestinian village by her Arab Christian father and Bulgarian mother. After walking a tightrope of identities throughout her childhood and young adulthood, Mira embarked on a journey to challenge stereotypes and public judgment and understand her true self.