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“Like I said the circle is almost closed. But I’ve got more to do, I’m not finished!” Happy 100th Birthday Aunt Mary! at New York, New York

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It’s been a few minutes since our last post! As individuals, the team’s free time has been scarce. Here at Nasty Women of New York, we value quality over quantity — and so we are working hard to make sure everything is perfect! Coming soon... we cannot WAIT for you to meet the incredible Chisaram Nkemere. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

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A special shout out to our very own Nasty Woman Maysoon Zayid from Prime Minister @justinpjtrudeau! • • #Repost @smilecanada with @get_repost ・・・ “...You’re touching lives and shaping Canada for the better…”, Thank you Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for kick-starting our gala with your kind words. Thank you as well to MP Omar Alghabra for supporting us on our journey thus far. @justinpjtrudeau @oalghabra @maysoonzayid #ADecadeOfSMILEs #unitedweSMILE

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“When I did my @adamsandler movie, ‘You Don't Mess With the Zohan’ it was the first time I was on a giant movie set. So I wanted to make myself really small because I thought if I can show that hiring disabled people is easy, they'll hire more disabled people. So I had a trailer, and with the trailers you just jump in and out of the door. It's really weird. You have to pull yourself up, like in a swimming pool, and then you jump out. So me and my personal assistant, Johnny Rad--he was rad-- he would stand outside the trailer and I would just jump like I was stage diving, and he would catch me, and then we'd go on set. So Adam comes by one day and he sees what is happening and he says, "WHAT the hell is going on?" And I was like "Oh, Johnny is just catching me!" So he pulls over this giant union guy named Darrel and he says, "Build her stairs. Right now." And so we got on set and Adam asks me, "Why? Why didn't you just ask for stairs?" And I said I didn’t want to be high maintenance. And he goes, "Mariah Carey is in the other trailer! You are not high maintenance!” I will never forget that.” • • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography HMUA : @stylebyannavictoria Editor : @blighadeline • • • #nastywomenofnewyork #maysoonzayid #michellekinneyphotography #disabilityadvocate #cerebralpalsy #arabamerican #arabamerican #adamsandler #disabilityawareness at New York, New York

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“I fly in from London on the day the Muslim ban is enforced and I get detained in Newark Airport for two hours. I am born and raised in New Jersey. I’ve been on a comedy tour for fifteen years, I flew two hundred eighty days last year. And the customs and border patrol guy, he goes, "I know you must think this is because of Donald Trump. It's not." And I was like, "Dude. I've been flying in and out of here since I was five! This is because of Donald Trump.” The President is actually posting fake videos from far-right organizations about Muslims. This has changed my life. I get death threats now.” @maysoonzayid • • • Photographs : @michellekinneyphotography Editor : @blighadeline H/MUA : @stylebyannavictoria Operations : @rrobems Custom Gown : @ramikashou • • #nastywomenofnewyork #maysoonzayid #michellekinneyphotography #cerebralpalsy #disabilityadvocate #muslimwomen #muslimban #disabilityadvocate #arabamerican #comedy at New York, New York

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“I didn’t realize the jokes I did about disabilities were pretty innovative, all my jokes were tied to sex. One of my famous disability jokes was, "I want to get married because there’s only so much fun a palsy chick can have putting in a tampon!” And then 9/11 happened and I'm immediately thrust into the spotlight as a New Yorker who's Muslim and Arab, post-9/11, who's loud and proud and trying to combat these negative images. I founded something called the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival now in its 15th year, with @deanofcomedy. My comedy became political. I started going after George Bush and Dick Cheney. By the way, Mike Pence is one of Dick Cheney’s horcruxes. 100%. Look at the man’s eyes.” • • • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography Editor : @blighadeline H/MUA : @stylebyannavictoria#nastywomenofnewyork #maysoonzayid #michellekinneyphotography #arabamerican #disabilityadvocate #cerebralpalsy #comedy at New York, New York

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@hillaryclinton was fighting for disability rights and education from the beginning of her law career. And it was something that she carried out through her community service and work as a First Lady. And there are people that Hillary Clinton helped that were working on her campaign 20 years later. So not only was she a trailblazer but she incorporated disability into her campaign beautifully. And that's not something I see a lot of politicians do. She made sure to always mention disability rights when she went through the minority rights stuff and she was very aware of us in health care and in education. We have just always been a priority issue for her. But Donald Trump is WAY better with us crips. We get 40 acres and a mule!” -@maysoonzayid • • Photograph : @michellekinneyphotography Editor : @blighadeline H/MUA : @stylebyannavictoria Operations : @rrobems • • #nastywomenofnewyork #hillaryclinton #disabilityawareness #disability #disabilityadvocate #maysoonzayid #michellekinneyphotography #imwithher at New York, New York

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Meet @maysoonzayid. Comedian, Actress, Disability Advocate, Tap Dancer, @ted Speaker, and our newest Nasty Woman of New York. Link in profile. “I’m a Palestinian Muslim virgin with cerebral palsy from New Jersey and if you don’t feel better about yourself maybe you should!” • Photographs : @michellekinneyphotography Editor : @blighadeline H/Makeup : @stylebyannavictoria Operations : @rrobems#nastywomenofnewyork #maysoonzayid #michellekinneyphotography #cerebralpalsy #disability #disabilityawareness #arabamerican #tedtalk #disabilityadvocate #hillaryclinton @hillaryclinton #womenempowerment #feminist at New York, New York

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TODAY!! It’s an Instagram Story takeover with @sarahkkiernan!! • “I think the city hustle is good. My Dad is very active, but I look at my Grandparents when they all passed they were sitting in chairs, doing nothing. You see old people in New York going places and that’s what I want to do. Like the retired ballerinas up here on the Upper West Side, so frail and still carrying a million things, they’re all muscle. Those little broads really do it for me.” • • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography Editor: @blighadeline H/MUA : @stylebyannavictoria#nastywomenofnewyork #nycliving #michellekinneyphotography #nastywoman #imwithher at New York, New York

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“I will never forget I was talking to someone and they said, “Oh well, you know, all this race stuff! We're all women and we have to fight for the same cause!” And I responded with “No. Not all women feel like we are fighting for the same cause.” Black women are not white women. Their fight is much harder. But nobody wants to be told that someone has it worse off than they do, they want to believe we are all equally marginalized. And listen, I guess I can hear their point- the overall themes of feminism, even just taking the #metoo movement and the general acknowledgment of sexual abuse all women have to deal with. That is important too, especially as a woman who’s struggled with body issues, I get it. But still- marginalized women will get it worse. If some guy slaps my ass and I’m appalled and feel degraded, I have to stop and think “I’m a woman most men think is white. What is it like for my black and Latina sisters? Do they deal with this more than I do?” The questions have to be asked.” • • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography Editor : @blighadeline H/MUA : @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomenofnewyork #michellekinneyphotography #timesup #metoo #feminism #intersectionalfeminism #womenempowerment at New York, New York

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“But what’s really interesting is how many super liberal Hillary voting women, I have found, have very, very closed-minded views on race. And they are also uncomfortable talking about race and seeing things in a way that's uncomfortable to them, maybe makes them seem like the “bad guy.” I always say that there are two different types of feminism: there’s feminism and there's white women feminism. And I think that some of the biggest things that I've had to combat recently are a lot of white women feminism because it's not inclusive and it's not intersectional. And when you say that to white women it’s met with great defense, even the most liberal of white women. But you know what? These are the types of conversations I’m talking about. They need to be had.” • • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography Editor : @blighadeline H/MUA : @stylebyannavictoria • • • #nastywomenofnewyork #nastywomanofnewyork #feminism #intersectionalfeminism #womenempowerment #michellekinneyphotography #hillaryclinton #sarahkiernan #nikon at New York, New York

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“I am mostly white. Or I would at least would say I'm white presenting-- but I'm multiracial. I usually say I'm multiracial but I also feel it’s incredibly important to recognize and be aware of how white I look. There is a certain privilege that’s afforded to me for how I look. That’s why I have to be a voice. Sometimes my version of using my voice is aggressive, that’s who I am. I’ll walk into a room and say “Why are there all white people here?” I feel like I represent a multiracial background and therefore I have to use my “whiteness.” White people can say whatever they want. If a black woman states her opinion, says whatever she wants she is an “angry black woman.” I can say it. I need to say it. I feel like it’s my obligation.” • • Link to full interview in profile. • Photo : @michellekinneyphotography Editor : @blighadeline Makeup/Hair Stylist : @stylebyannavictoria#nastywomenofnewyork #michellekinneyphotography #nastywoman #womenempowerment #womenshistorymonth #feminism #intersectionalfeminism at New York, New York

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“My Mother is Jamaican. And my Dad is Irish from Boston. I grew up predominately in Boston but I spent a lot of time in Jamaica. I grew up in both worlds and my family is really diverse. I have two gay brothers. I think the world is more interesting when you are not around the same people who look like you, who were raised like you were raised.” • (Full interview link in profile.) • Photographs by @michellekinneyphotography Interview edited by @blighadeline Makeup/Hair Stylist @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomenofnewyork #nyc #michellekinneyphotography #sarahkiernan #womenshistorymonth #nikon #activism at New York, New York

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“New York City is like a person on the verge of a panic attack. Do you know what I mean? The whole city. Every single person. And so when you feel it coming on some people would reach for a Xanax - or take something. Really anything to calm them down. For me, my Xanax is my car. My Xanax is being able to leave the city and breathe for a minute and take time away from it.” • (For full interview, click link in profile!) • • Photographs by @michellekinneyphotography Interview edited by @blighadeline Makeup and Hairstylist @stylebyannavictoria • • #nastywomenofnewyork #newyorkcity #nycliving #michellekinneyphotography #nikon at New York, New York

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That’s the face of a rapt interviewer as our latest Nasty Woman of New York wows us. Our latest NWNY profile goes live tomorrow! Stay tuned! • • #nastywomenofnewyork #nwny #womenempowerment #womenshistorymonth #michellekinneyphotography #bts #behindthescenes #feminist #nyc #newyorkcity #nycwomen at New York, New York

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“Why? Why? Because you weren’t allowed to get married before you “married.” And I waited for him to come home on a furlough. He came home. It was September the 14th, 1941. He was what they called “drafted.” He turned 22 and he was drafted and then didn't get out until four or five years after that. Where I had my honeymoon, it was over a funeral parlor. It was a big house. And they had funerals on one side and a hotel on the other side. Who would ever think of that? I'll never forget — and I keep laughing that it was over a funeral parlor.” Mary, 99, on why she eloped with her husband. (Link in profile) • #nastywomenofnewyork #portrait #documentaryphotography #storytelling #womenshistory #womenshistorymonth #michellekinneyphotography #nikon #photojournalism #worldwar2 #ww2 at New York, New York

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“I was married up until he passed away. 73 years. 73 years. Another lifetime, another lifetime. So, in the meantime I had three children. They're all not too close in age. The first two or three years apart and the third is seven years apart. I love my children all so much, but I also really wanted to get back to work! I always wanted to work. When I had not yet finished with school, I didn’t have any extra money. And it bothered me that I didn't have money then. I like money! It gives me such a nice security because now I could buy a gift if I wanted to. When I had my third child, my daughter, I stayed at home with her until she was 6 years old, and then I took my wings and I flew because it felt free! And I worked, for almost 30 years.” Mary, Queens NY • • #nastywomenofnewyork #womenshistory #womenshistorymonth #womenwhowork #michellekinneyphotography

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Mary is 99 years young. In just a few months, she'll be celebrating her 100th birthday. A life-long New Yorker, and the daughter of immigrants -- she also happens to be the Great Aunt of my husband Joseph. Mary was born in May of 1918 and has seen more in her life than most people ever will. My grandparents have all passed away, and I have endless regret that I didn't sit down with them to ask more questions. I have always felt it is important to document the stories of our elders, not just as my family's genealogist -- but as a citizen of the world. We have so much to learn from women like Mary. (Link in profile) • • • • #nastywomenmakehistory #nastywomenofnewyork #newyorkwomen #family #portrait #michellekinneyphotography #newyorkwomen #newyorkcitywomen #womenshistory #womenshistorymonth at New York, New York

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