Hustle Squad Goes Bare With Photographer Steve Osemwenkhae

Women Go Bare-Faced In Stunning Celebration Of Natural Beauty

Dare to go bare.

A photographer is on a mission to take pictures of women embracing their natural beauty, sans makeup.For his “No Makeup Series,” photographer Steve Osemwenkhae has captured the natural beauty of more than 100 women. He told The Huffington Post that the idea came to him on his way to work when he noticed a fellow Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) passenger applying her makeup.”As she layered her face with lotion and foundation, I started to think about a makeup-less photo session and how to showcase natural beauty,” he said. “At that moment is when I decided to take on the project with a few friends.”

Though Osemwenkhae initially planned on showcasing five to 10 of his friends in his series and sharing their thoughts toward makeup, the project has become much bigger. The photos are featured online, and Osemwenkhae is currently working on grants to create a book and a traveling gallery.

Osemwenkhae also hopes to hit the road in the future to photograph as many people as possible. His goal for the project is to help others understand the various ways women relate to makeup, social pressures and concepts of beauty.”I want everyone to have their own voice when it comes to the narrative of beauty, and hopefully I can continue to do that within the next few years with these photos and videos,” he said.

See more women embracing their natural beauty along with excerpts from their thoughts about makeup below.


“I love makeup because it gives more definition to your face and how it looks. I hate makeup because it doesn’t show who you really are and it has some people think of you in a different way.” — Angelita Gillette


“Makeup can help to make a woman feel like a more polished version of herself. It allows us very strong, busy moms, executives, multi-taskers to create the illusion of an 8 hour sleep even though not many of us ever experience that. When we feel good about ourselves with or without makeup, we are unstoppable.” — Lisa Roche

Follow Hustle Squad Member Ava Fratus!

A to the V-A!

At only 9 year old, Ava Fratus is the epitome of Respect Her Hustle.  I knew this the first day I saw her perform on stage and had to meet her!  Please support her by following on social media @TheAvaFratus and stay tuned for more collaborations between us!  Hustle Respected Ava!

Respect Her Jab!

Hustle Squad member Rashida Ellis is continuing her journey as an Olympic hopeful this week and we are rooting for her!  This week she will compete and hopefully get one of the three slots available for the 2016 Women’s Olympic Team Trials.


Rashida works out 6 days a week at the Somerville Boxing Club with trainer Alex Rivera.  She is a true HustlHER and we wish her the best!  GO SHIDA!!!  #respectHERhustle

More about her journey:

Photography by Steve Osemwenkhae.


Respect Her Hustle celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

Wearing pink in October helps to raise awareness of the disease and show breast cancer survivors your love and support!

In celebration of October Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are putting out some Limited Edition Hot Pink Respect Her Hustle gear!  Pre-order now through 9/12 to have in time for October 1st!

Long Sleeve T-shirts, Tank Tops and Short Sleeve V-necks can be ordered!

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We will make a percentage of sales as a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Thank you!




Ava Hustles #LikeAGirl

Our ambassador Ava Fratus is a true hustler.   At only 8 years old, she’s a singer, dancer and actress!


You can see her on February 22nd at the Celebrity Kids Fashion Show at Vincent’s in Randolph.

Email for tickets.


Follow her to see how she hustles #LikeAGirl




#HustleThursday – Rashida Ellis

Today we honor Rashida Ellis for #HustleThursday


Rashida Ellis is the #1 female boxer in New England and has loved to fight ever since she was a little girl. Unfortunately, her passion for going a few rounds in the schoolyard was more likely to earn her a trip to the principal’s office than a gold medal.

Rashida always loved to be with her older brothers and do what they were doing, and fortunately, what they liked to do was box. Their love for the sport rubbed off on her and she moved her fighting into the ring.  Rashida is hoping to one day box in the Olympics.

Rashida trains six times a week and her only day off is Sunday.  She likes to practice with “the guys” because it makes her more competitive when she gets in the ring against another female. She said she spars with her brothers a little, doing blocking and countering.  Time for Rashida to join the Hustle Squad!

Hustle Respected!

#respectHERhustle #FightLikeAGirl #LikeAGirl #IHustleLikeAGirl

#HustleSquad #HustlHER #Hustle #GirlPower

#HustleThursday – Hyjiah of Supergirlzland

Today we honor Hyjiah Mariam Conde for #HustleThursday


Hyjiah is the CEO of SuperGirlzland and is a young motivational force in her community.  She is the epitomy of the Respect Her Hustle movement!

It all began in 2013, when she decided to do something in her community to her out youth girls at a local shelter.  She ran a coat drive where she collected over 50 brand new coats!  She realized she wanted to do more and that’s when she started SuperGirlzland with a mission is to help make every girl feel special and confident in whatever their dream and goal is in life.  Through her foundation, Hyjiah holds and participates in a number of events that help to build a Sisterhood through positive self-esteem.  Hyjiah is an Author, Creative Designer and Owner of “PINKK PEARLZ “Innocent her tee shirt line.

Hustle Respected Hyjiah!  Follow her @hyjiahsupergirlzland

For more information visit

Today we celebrate the birthday of the Respect Her Hustle movement!

As we celebrate the success that we’ve had in expanding the Hustle Squad globally, please take a look at the documentary teaser we produced as part of the exploration of what Respect Her Hustle means to these fabulous women!


#HustleThursday – Be Like Brit


It’s #HustleThursday and today we are honoring, remembering and RESPECTING Britney Gengel’s HUSTLE.

Britney was a 19 year old beautiful, fearless and compassionate young lady who traveled to the country of Haiti 5 years ago with her school to help children.

Tragically a catastrophic earthquake hit, collapsing the hotel she was in and went missing for 33 days. Her family could not let Brit die in vain and to fulfill her last wish they decided to start the “Be Like Brit Foundation” and build her orphanage in Haiti. The 19,000 square foot earthquake proof orphanage shaped in the letter B for Brit, stands strong as a beacon of hope for the people of Haiti. Today there are 66 beautiful children living and thriving at the Be Like Brit Orphanage.

How can you Be Like Brit?
Be compassionate, be kind, be hopeful, be happy, be sincere, be fearless, be courageous, be empathetic, be adventurous, be thankful, be the change and don’t be afraid to be who you are!

Visit for more information!

#respectHERhustle #BLBHaiti #BeLikeBrit

Respecting Her Hustle

Respecting Her Hustle

Above: Angelica “Geli” Santos. Photo by Steven King

Angelica Santos was only 13 when her voice was recorded for the first time. She was inside a clothing closet with nothing but a computer microphone and a dream to perform. Santos, known as Geli, had an appetite for singing ever since she can remember. As a toddler, she jumped in front of her mom’s camcorder, invisible microphone in hand, singing and dancing along to the freestyle hip-hop playing in the background. The 21-year-old Worcester resident and South High graduate soon realized her passion for hip-hop and R&B was too big to be confined to a tiny closet, so she upgraded to an official studio, where she recorded her first album, “Odd Beauty” in 2013.

During Geli’s career, she has reconnected with her mother’s longtime friend, hip-hop artist and CEO of Show Boyz Entertainment and Bangaville Management, Klep. In 2012, Geli was scheduled to open up in support of Grammy-nominated R&B artist Omarion at the Venue Night Club.

“Omarion was scheduled to headline but due to some time constraints out of our control, Omarion played first,” Klep said. “During the show, I just see Geli bawling her eyes out in the corner because she thought she missed her opportunity to perform. I saw the passion, and she really wanted to perform, she sold all her tickets.”

Geli was still able to perform in front of a sold-out crowd that included Geli’s family, friends and soon-to-be Geli fans. Since then, Klep and Geli have remained close music companions. In 2012, Klep invited Geli to be featured on his song “Rush.”

Geli is currently working on recording her second album, “Fight Like A Girl” (FLAG), scheduled for release next year. Klep wrote the chorus for Geli’s first single from “FLAG,” entitled “Fly Guy,” for which a music video is scheduled to be shot in mid-December.

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Klep was heavily involved in Geli’s first album, and now he sees Geli’s musical maturity reflected in “FLAG.”

“I’ve seen a lot of growth. Her lyrical content is more mature. Music has now become a second nature to her. She has learned to use all of life’s day to day emotions in all of her writing and I have become less involved in helping her with her song writing.”

“FLAG” will center on Geli’s modern day journey to establish herself and her music. Geli said, “I’m asking myself: What is life? ‘FLAG’ deals with my struggle to find my next step in my music career. I’ve seen a lot of struggle in my family and I want to help people deal with these struggles.”

The R&B and hip-hop songs on “FLAG” are stories dealing with love, heartbreak, taking the next step, giving back to family and sacrifice. Geli also promised the album will include plenty of club songs to dance to.

One primary inspiration for “FLAG” comes from Kristen Lucas’ Respect Her Hustle social media campaign.

“My album deals with respecting a women’s hustle. Women can be firefighters, teachers, artists and women can change the world,” explained Geli. “My role models will always be my mother and grandmother. I saw the sacrifices they made just to make me and my brother happy. They wanted nothing more than for us to be successful.”

As for what listeners can expect from “FLAG,” Geli said, “I want to allow my music to have a purpose. Music needs inspiration and I want to motivate others. Music needs standards and respect. I am trying to deliver a positive message through ‘FLAG.’ Always remember to never give up and remember that you are not alone. Someone else is fighting with you. ‘FLAG’ deals with my journey. On this album, I let it all out. It’s hard for me to open up emotionally but I’ve dealt with struggle and I want to be able to provide for myself and find adversity while welcoming others to join me in my journey.”

On December 5, Geli will be opening up for rap veteran Rick Ross at the Echo Stage in Washington D.C. Information about Geli can be found on her official website,

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