Leaf Reveals Her Hot Thoughts On The Future Of Feminism
“Just love each other. It really is the only answer.”
New York rapper Leaf opens up about her introduction to intersectional feminism, drama in the hip hop community and her own female collective in an exclusive interview with Nylon. Pushed to feminist literature after personally experiencing girl-on-girl bullying in high school, Leaf started educating herself about self-empowerment at the young age of 16. Today, the rap star uses her platform to promote feminism and support ambitious women.
“Feminism doesn’t mean you grow out your armpit hair and it doesn’t mean you don’t shave, and maybe it does,” shares Leaf “It doesn’t mean you’re a lesbian and it might mean you’re a lesbian. It’s not like a T-shirt you put on every day. It’s not a fashion trend. It’s literally a movement of women who believe in female rights. I think people forget that all the time. Feminism is about fighting for equal rights; it’s not a lifestyle at all.”
Leaf goes on to share that she looks up to women who rebel against social norms, like rap legend Missy Elliot, and she believes young girls should be taught to “be who [they] authentically are. It is precisely this sentiment that inspires Leaf’s collective, Magnet Bitch Movement. MBM serves as a community for young female entrepreneurs to empower each other. “Girl love all the way, no girl hate,” says Leaf.
Leaf is fully dedicated to her mission to grow, empower and support women everywhere through music and community. Catch the full interview up on Nylon to learn more.