The Cut: 8 Women on the People Who Inspire Them

Lafayette 148 launched the campaign for International Women’s Day last Friday featuring eight New York City women in black-and-white portraits shot by the fashion photographer Sophie Elgort, sister of Ansel Elgort, who also shoots portraits like her dad, Arthur. The women include an American Ballet Theater ballerina, La Mercerie chef, and Whitney curator — and each shared a quote about a woman who has changed them. Scroll to see Elgort’s photos for the campaign.

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Anjali Kumar
Doré: Things I've Learned From Being Curious

I’ve made a career out of being curious. Whether it involved seeking counsel from the dead or drinking volcanic water with a shaman in Peru, being a lawyer in Paris or at the tech giant Google, taking stand up comedy classes in NYC or working in a professional kitchen in Italy, or designing a line of handbags for ten years (that ended up being carried by none other than SJP herself in not one, but two, episodes of Sex and the City!), my willingness to explore the things I am curious about has led me down many an unexpected path.

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Anjali Kumar
TEDWomen 2017: My failed mission to find God — and what I found instead

Anjali Kumar went looking for God and ended up finding something else entirely. In an uplifting, funny talk about our shared humanity, she takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage to meet witches in New York, a shaman in Peru, an infamous "healer" in Brazil and others, sharing an important lesson: what binds us together is far stronger than what separates us, and our differences are not insurmountable.

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Transform the norm: Anjali Kumar at TEDxTimesSquare

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.*

*Subject to certain rules and regulations

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Anjali Kumar