Pick Your Role Models

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#1 Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn is a Dutch photographer, filmmaker, and video artist. He has directed over 80 music videos for many musicians, including Nirvana, U2, Depeche Mode, and Joy Division, he is famous for his black-and-white portrait photography in which he focuses on subtle movements and gestures.

#2 Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist. Bourgeois is best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, for example, her spider installations, and she often worked with traumas. Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She died in 2010 at the amazing age of 98.

#3 Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect, who was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Nobel prize of Architecture, in 2004. She is one of the major exponents of the rise of free-form design. Hadid died at the age of 65, in 2016, because of heart failure. 

#4 Christoph Nieman

Christoph Niemann (born 1970) is an illustrator, graphic designer, and children's book author. His illustrations have appeared in dozen publications, from WIRED till The New Yorker Magazine. Niemann uses bright drawings and his charming breed of humor to tackle tricky subjects and changing course while things are going well. Watch his episode of the Netflix series Abstract for fantastic inspiration.

#5 Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo is a fantastic GRAMMY award-winning, a singer-songwriter from Benin. As an activist, Kidjo discusses the responsibility of artists to use their platform for social justice, the many ways in which we can all give back, and the enormous impact each of us can make in the world.

#6 Aldous Harding

Hannah Sian Topp (born 1990), known professionally as Aldous Harding, is a New Zealand folk singer-songwriter. "An artist of rare caliber, Aldous Harding does more than sing; she conjures a singular intensity. Her body and face a weapon of theatre, Harding dances with steeled fervor, baring her teeth like a Bunraku puppet's gnashing grin."

#7 Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960) was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Basquiat's art focused on wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting. And he combined text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at the age of 27.

#8 Spike Lee

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, actor, and professor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983. Lee's work has continually explored race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues.

#9 Travis Rice

Travis Rice is a big-mountain freeride legend with an unrivalled track record from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is hailed by critics as the best all-round snowboarder in the world and is one of the most globally renowned riders there is. Travis is not only pushing snowboarding's limits, but bringing that progression to the masses.

#10 Vivienne Westwood

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960) was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Basquiat's art focused on wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting. And he combined text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at the age of 27.

#11 J

Jacinda Ardern (1980) is a New Zealand politician serving, since 26 October 2017, as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand. At 28 years old, Ardern was elected into New Zealand’s Parliament as part of the center-left Labour Party. At the time, she was the parliament’s youngest sitting member. She has been applauded for being an outspoken voice against sexism and racism during her time in office.

#12 Ramses Shaffy

Ramses Shaffy (1933 – 2009) was a French-Dutch singer and actor who became popular during the 1960s. Ramses Shaffy was an idol, an innovator in the 1960s and 1970s he conquered many hearts with a heady mix of musical ideas, poetry, and cabaret. Ramses Shaffy lived: boisterous, with a lot of noise, surrounded by legends, without discipline, stubborn, and spiritual.

#13 Annie M.G. Schmidt

Anna Maria Geertruida "Annie" Schmidt (1911 – 1995) was a Dutch writer. She is called the mother of the Dutch theatrical song, and the queen of Dutch children's literature praised for her "delicious Dutch idiom," and considered one of the greatest Dutch writers. Although Schmidt wrote poetry, songs, books, plays, musicals, and radio and television drama for adults, she is known best for children's books and was immensely popular.

By the time she died in 1995 (of heart failure caused by euthanasia), she was an icon of the Dutch literary world, and even her death continues to be referenced in the Dutch media and played an important role in discussions of euthanasia.

#14 Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is both a solo artist and the leader of the E Street Band. He received critical acclaim for his early 1970s albums and attained worldwide fame upon the release of Born to Run in 1975. During a career that has spanned five decades, Springsteen has become known for his poetic and socially conscious lyrics and lengthy, energetic stage performances, earning the nickname "The Boss"

#15 Joycelyn Chau

Jocelyn Chau (1999) is one of the newly-elected councilors, representing the City Garden constituency of North Point, on Hong Kong Island. She was a teenager in 2014 when pro-democracy protesters occupied city streets for 79 days in the Umbrella Movement, and it inspired her to consider political action.

Last November, she unseated the former councilor, who had held the seat for over 20 years. Chau was still a student, so she could only attend protests and marches, but it inspired her to consider political action. Last November, she unseated the former councilor, who had held the seat for over 20 years.

#16 Roísín Murphy

Róisín Marie Murphy (1973) is an Irish singer-songwriter and record producer. She first became known in the 1990s as one-half of the UK-Irish trip-hop duo Moloko with her partner Mark Brydon. After the breakup of Moloko, Murphy embarked on a solo career. Next to her music, her shows and clothes are amazing too, and Murphy acts like boundaries or genres do not exist.

#17 Jean Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard (1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter, and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement, and Godard is one of the most important members of the nouvelle vague. His later films are about representation and human conflict from a humanist and Marxist perspective. In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award; his body of work has inspired many great filmmakers.

#18 Hebh Jamal

Hebh Jamal (2000) is a Muslim, Palestinian-American activist and a current college student at City University of New York. In 2017, while Jamal was still in high school, the 17-year-old established herself as a leader in the fight against bigotry by organizing a New York City high school walkout. She’s also a leader of Integrate New York City, a student-run organization focusing on school segregation, and works as a youth policy fellow at New York Appleseed, a nonprofit fighting for equal access and resources in New York City schools.

#19 Malcolm X

l-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (in Omaha, Nebraska born Malcolm Little; May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), better known as Malcolm X, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He is best known for his staunch and controversial black racial advocacy and for his time spent as the vocal spokesperson of the Nation of Islam.

#20 Gloria Wekker

Gloria Daisy Wekker (born June 13, 1950) is an Afro-Surinamese Dutch educator and writer who has focused on gender studies and sexuality in the Afro-Caribbean region and diaspora. She was the winner of the Ruth Benedict Prize from the American Anthropological Association in 2007 and won the Joke Smithprize in 2017.

#21 Bram Vermeulen

Abraham Gerrit (Bram) Vermeulen (1946 - 2004) was a Dutch singer, composer, comedian, volleyball player, and painter. In the seventies, Bram Vermeulen, together with Freek de Jonge, formed the cabaret group called: 'Neerlands Hoop In Bange Dagen'. When Neerlands Hoop ceased to exist, Vermeulen opted for a musical career, which earned him considerable success, especially in Belgium. Vermeulen received, from Annie M.G. Schmidt, the prize named after her for his song 'een doodgewone jongen'.

#22 Alek Wek

Alek Wek (1977) is a South Sudanese-British model and designer who began her fashion career at the age of 18 in 1995. She has been hailed for her influence on the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan but fled to Britain in 1991 to escape the civil war in Sudan. In 2015, she was listed as one of BBC's 100 Women.

#23 Nina Simone

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (1933 – 2003), known professionally as Nina Simone, was a legendary American performer, singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and '60s, later enjoying a career resurgence in the '80s. A staunch Civil Rights activist, she was known for tunes like "Mississippi Goddam," "Young, Gifted and Black" and "Four Women."

#24 Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King (1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King is an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she won the “Battle of the Sexes” (watch the movie about this match) tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. She was also the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

#25 John Baldessari

John Baldessari (1931-2020) was an American Conceptual artist known for his pioneering use of appropriated imagery. By blending photography, painting, and text, Baldessari’s work examines the plastic nature of artistic media while offering commentary on our contemporary culture. He helped transform Los Angeles into a global art capital through his witty image-making and decades of teaching there.

#26 Liesbeth Arends

Liesbeth Arends is my mother.  

#27 JR

JR (1983) is the pseudonym of a French photographer and street artist. Describing himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations, in a manner similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist. 

#28 Jane Fonda

Jane Seymour Fonda (1937) is an American feminist and environmental activist. In 1982, she released her first exercise video, Jane Fonda's Workout, which became the highest-selling VHS of all time. Fonda was a visible political activist in the counterculture era during the Vietnam War. She is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Honorary Golden Lion.

#29 Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929 – January 22, 2018) was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, yielding more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters", and herself said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".

#30 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977) is a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [who] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature".

#31 Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks (1913—2005) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955. Her actions inspired the leaders of the local black community to organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott began the day Parks was convicted of violating the segregation laws.

#32 Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was an African American journalist, abolitionist and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. She went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African American justice. Wells wrote newspaper articles decrying the lynching of her friend and the wrongful deaths of other African Americans. Putting her own life at risk, she spent two months traveling in the South, gathering information on other lynching incidents. In 1893, Wells published A Red Record, a personal examination of lynchings in America.

#33 Angela Davis

Angela Yvonne Davis (1944) is an American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of over ten books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system. Davis has received various awards, including the Lenin Peace Prize. Davis has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Davis was Time magazine's "Woman of the Year" for 1971 in its 2020 "100 Women of the Year" edition.

#34 Isak Dinesen

Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (1885 – 1962) was a Danish author who wrote works in Danish and English. She is also known under her pen names Isak Dinesen, used in English-speaking countries, Tania Blixen, used in German-speaking countries, Osceola, and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya, and for one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award-winning motion pictures. She is also noted, particularly in Denmark, for her Seven Gothic Tales.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (1989), also known by her initials as AOC, is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district. The district includes the eastern part of the Bronx and portions of north-central Queens in New York City. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Taking office at age 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. She was previously an activist and worked part-time as a waitress and bartender before running for Congress in 2018. Ocasio-Cortez is among the first female members of the Democratic Socialists of America elected to serve in Congress.

#36 Karen Dalton

‘The best singer you’ve never heard of’. Karen Dalton (1937-1993) was born Jean Karen Cariker in Bonham, Texas, but was raised in Enid, Oklahoma. Dalton quickly became entrenched in the Greenwich Village folk musical scene of the 1960s. She played alongside big names of the time, including Bob Dylan (who occasionally backed her up on harmonica), Fred Neil, Richard Tucker, and Tim Hardin. Dalton was "not interested in playing the music industry's games in an era when musicians had little other choice," as bass player and producer Harvey Brooks noted. She often responded in anger when producers attempted to change her music while recording. 

#37 Zora Neale Huston

Zora Neale Hurston (1891 - 1960) was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on hoodoo. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays.

#38 Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, making him the first president not born in the contiguous United States.

#39 Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (1934-1992), the daughter of West Indian immigrants, was an award winning poet whose work spoke candidly about her experiences as a black lesbian in America. This statement from her 1977 speech “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” urged listeners to conquer fear and speak out in truth.

#40 Yessica Deira

Yessica Deira (1996) ‘I would say just go for it! Simple. I really must say, when you’re a collective, it’s much easier. You can exchange thoughts and you work together. Because I know if you’re alone, it’s hard to figure out where to start. And I think if you can find people that have similar thoughts on music, DJing and culture I think you should come together and help each other out.’

#41 Zadie Smith

Zadie Adeline Smith (1975) is an English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. Her debut novel, White Teeth (2000), immediately became a best-seller and won a number of awards. She has been a tenured professor in the Creative Writing faculty of New York University since September 2010.


Kunstenaar, rapper, dichter, schrijver, acteur, theatermaker, columnist en activist Akwasi Owusu Ansah (1988) schrijft maatschappijkritische gedichten en spreekt hij zich in de media geregeld uit tegen racisme, zoals deze week nog. Koop zijn gedichtenbundel 'Laten we het er maar niet over hebben', luister naar zijn nieuwste album en het nummer 'Geen Wedstrijd'. Dit jaar verscheen Sankofa, zijn tweede soloplaat.

#43 Toni Morrison

#44 Steve Prefontaine

#45 Bob Dylan

#46 James Baldwin

#47 Fatoumata Diawara

#48 Jalal ad-Din Rumi


#49 Regan Russell

#50 Gaidaa

#51 Shaeera Kalla

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