What makes you nervous about having your portrait taken?

I have never felt that I was very photogenic. I realize that we all have flaws but I am more comfortable on the other side of the camera.

What's your story?

I raced cars for 34 years with my husband as my crew chief. Eight years ago we started running to loose weight. When I look at myself I don't see myself as your "typical" runner body but I still go out and do my best and enjoy the friendships that I have made.

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What do you love doing that makes you feel kick ass?

I have always felt that way since I was the only girl in the family and neighborhood growing up. Racing cars for all those years against men and beating them made feel badass! Whe...

What’s your story?

The biggest story of my life has often been my cancer. It defines me. I had my childhood cancer at five and since then I was known as the girl who had cancer. God kept me here. I know because I was given a 20% chance at survival. I entered a trial and I made it! With all of the treatment there was no guarantee I would be able to have kids. Actually they said I may never. My first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, so we still weren’t sure I could carry one to term. Now I was known as the woman who had cancer, but got two beautiful children as well. My husband was thrilled because he knew the chances. So 3 1/2 years after my first was born, I found out I had breast cancer. Now I’m defined as the woman who had cance...

What's your story?

I grew up in Rocky River with a younger brother, and we had a great childhood, we have always had a very strong family presence in our lives and it’s been so important to keep that up as an adult. I have a wonderful family and amazing friends who have always been supportive.

On- April 27th, 2018- I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia. I was also told that without a bone marrow transplant my diagnosis was fatal. My transplant was August 14, 2018, and a few days after I went into full renal failure (kidneys shut down) which forced me to be on dialysis for 24 hours a day, and, even after my family was  prepped, that I most likely would not make it through this, I did, and I am sti...

What's your story?

I'm a 32 year old strong, fun, artistic, hard-working bass comic loving women!!!!

What makes you nervous about having your portrait taken?

Not looking perfect.

What do you love doing that makes you feel kick ass?

I feel kick ass when I'm independent, making my own rules and money!

What inspired your portraits?

I wanted to do something I've never done before, but always wanted to do.

What badass women inspire you?

My mom inspired me because she's everything a badass woman should be!!!

What's your story?

When I was 19 years old I was walking through the mall and I was recruited to work at Hot Topic because I had the look. (I had purple hair and piercings). A few months into working there I was promoted into a full time manager and about 6 months later I was promoted and transferred to PA to be a store manager.

So in the last 20 years I have been a store manager and training manager of 4 big retail chains .... I have lived in 5 states and have worked in over 15 stores.

In 2010 I met Aaron online... we have been living together since in “domestic partnership” (there is obviously more to our story... we have been together for 8 years)

In June and July of 2018 I started getting headaches and vertigo. I was in the ER...

What's your story?

I was born and raised in University Heights. I'm a middle child and the only girl. I was a tomboy until I hit 5th grade, when I started adding color and a few skirts to my wardrobe. My wardrobe as an adult is very basic. I wear jeans, hoodies and tennis shoes daily.

My life was what I considered normal until alcoholism consumed my father. The verbal and physical abuse and the constant yelling got so bad that my mother divorced him and we moved to Birmingham, Alabama when I was 10. That is where I learned how to be a chameleon. I learned how to fit in anywhere I went and it works to my advantage now.

Anyway, my brothers and I hated it so much down there that we hopped on a greyhound bus and came back to Cleveland. W...

What's your story?

Do I have a story?  It's just me. Rena Perchinske. I am a mother of a daughter about to graduate and twin boys in the 8th grade. Becoming a mother made me badass.

Growing up I was a people pleaser. At times I find myself falling back into that. Having children gave me the guts to speak out, and not be used as a doormat. As they get older I find that roll diminishing in some ways. I have to teach them to be badass, but yet respectful.

Later in life I have learned I can not be afraid of the unknown. I began teaching Zumba almost 7 years ago. Teaching through dance has empowered me in ways that I never knew it could.

I was also approached 5 years ago to run for a political position. Me? Politics? Absolutely not. How...

What's your story?  My story begins with an end. I was 16 when my mother died of breast cancer. I held onto the grief over her death for 31 years. I liked to say that I was over her death, that it did not still have a hold over me, but I was wrong. The first opening into that grief happened during my first ayahuasca session about 7 years ago. I mourned, I purged, I experienced the other side of death. I said I finally released the grief I was still holding onto. Again, I was wrong. Multiple ayahuasca sessions later, I still was holding onto the grief, though it felt further away. It was almost like a security blanket at this point. Without that grief, who was I?

I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in early 2017. I felt that m...

What's your story?

I was born in Colorado Springs, raised Evangelical Christian, failed at communal missionary life in my mid-20's, wrestled to reconcile the faith I'd been raised in with science and social studies, and progressively converted to universal humanism and equality-driven feminism in my late 20's. I started writing worship music for the father, son and holy spirit in my pre-teen years, and then gradually branched out into secular songwriting as my beliefs suspended and values shifted.

At 28, I found riot grrrl music, and started a new wave feminist rock band called Womantra. As a survivor of complex spiritual abuse and sexual trauma, my focus is healing, creative expression, encouragement, and figuring how to best carry...

From Lisa:

It’s funny to look at all of your Badass portraits and then look at ours, because we look so NOT badass. It’s almost embarrassing…like who are these two women who only laugh and dance when everyone else looks cool…or mysterious…or just simply kick-ass? 

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to answer the questions. What I’ve realized is what makes us badass is that we’re low-key, on-the-down-low badass. If you see us or meet us casually, we probably don’t give off the badass vibe. The truth is, individually we are badass, but together we are BAD-ASS. I’m glad we took these pictures as a duo because together we are exponentially badass. What we have is complementary…what I’m weak about, Sam is strong about. What I lack, sh...

Wow!!! My eyes can’t believe the magic 💫✨ I was feeling self conscious about how much weight I had gained since my last photo shoot!   Shout out to Jen for making me feel so comfortable and taking these AMAZING PORTRAITS for her BAD ASS WOMEN SERIES! I

Basically in short I have spent the last 2 years trying to lose weight and become healthier and more physically fit.

I am always apprehensive about taking photos because even though I have lost 35 lbs, I still just do not like the way I look...this has been my entire life.

Working out and being  able to lift heavier and heavier makes me feel bad ass. I love that I have gotten stronger and continue to push my limits.

I wanted to do the photo shoot to see myself from afar....to hopefully see results and the changes I have made.

I have a friend Julie who is my role model. She is a single mom working hard every day to take care of her 2 young girls, fighting MS, and continues to keep herself physically fit. 


What's your story?

Just a little background...I am the youngest of six. I grew up in the Hough Heights area of Cleveland and have many found memories. I always knew I wanted to be a performer even as a shy kid. My siblings were "forced" by my parents to endure my many performances as a kid. My most popular and first acting performance was me pretending to be deaf. (I've since apologized to my mother for the stress it put her through)

What makes you nervous about having your portrait taken?

I am my biggest critic. I'm still embracing all my " perfect imperfections!" Also despite my career in music and theatre, I tend to be a fiercely private person. I cant really hide behind a costume. It's just Sharron!

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What's your story

I am a singer,songwriter, actor, poet stylist, etc. I'm a single mom with strong faith,I come from very humble beginnings but work hard to cancel any stereo type that can be throw my way.

What makes you nervous about having your portrait taken? 

....my many flaws

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What do you love doing that makes you feel kick ass?

Remaining confident in situations that have the potential to knock you down. I like to start my days with the idea that I am victorious,keeping in mind victory can look different daily.

What inspired your portraits? 

Freedom, I am entering into a new season of my life and I am embracing the freedom to have fun and be myself

What bad ass women inspire you ?

Women in general ins...

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