What's your story?

I’ve always been serious about my health; I’m a runner, vegan, and fitness instructor . So, in December 2012, when I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, my only question was whether I was would ever run another marathon. Not only was the answer no, but I was also to...

What's your story?

“Career-me story”

-My name is Elizabeth Cook, but call me Liz. I was born and raised in a tiny town called Clinton, Ohio. I grew up loving the arts, music, animals, and playing outside for hours and hours. I moved to Lakewood when I was 18 to attend fashion school and started dabbli...

What's your story?

Guess my story is freedom and independence. My childhood was a mix, at 4 yrs old I was in a home for ''crippled'' children to 6 yrs old. For most part I was scared because my parents weren't allowed to say goodbye,I just looked up from a little red car I was sitting in playing and...

What's your story?

I'm a socialist, intersectional feminist writer and overindulgent dog owner.

Can I promote my Medium page?

(Jen:  YES!)  Rachel's Medium writing page you should check out HERE.

I also just lost my brother very suddenly this March, which doesn't define me but also does in many w...

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...

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 tr...

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- Apr...

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...

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 transferre...

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...

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...

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 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...

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 ho...

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

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