For every woman, girl, femme, enby, and ally.
You are a part of this movement.
In December 2016, what started as an Instagram series to a team of high school students who wanted to empower women to love themselves — turned into a movement that has provided leadership and artistic opportunities for hundreds of women across Toronto.
We consider every person involved with our work to be a part of the team who keeps the movement going. From our past muses/models, partners, artists, volunteers, brand ambassadors and more, there are always opportunities to join us.
Our Core Team
The Core Team is a group of women who primarily volunteer full-time to support the vision and mission of the organization. The young women support Flaunt-It's grassroots organizing and social enterprise. The team ranges from academic scholars, artists, activists, entrepreneurs and leaders coming from all areas of the Greater Toronto Area.
Collectively, our core team desires to create and inspire social change in our communities while amplifying women's representation.
Flaunt It prioritizes and recruits women of colour who face barriers in accessing the opportunities in their communities.
We design positions based on the organization's needs and the members' strengths, talents, and desires to grow based on their education or passions.
FOUNDER/Executive Artistic Director
Sariena Luy (She/Her) is a Second-Generation Cambodian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, activist, and entrepreneur passionate about representation, community-building, and youth-led advocacy. Sariena's projects focus on using the arts to create social change and represent the complexity of transnational and intersectional identities. Sariena is an Adobe Creativity Scholar and the 2020 recipient of the Alterna Prize for Women Social Change Leaders award. Besides working full-time on Flaunt-It, Sariena is completing her master's in Critical Disability Studies and works as a Creative Director & Producer who specializes in film, photography and design.
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Shenali Don (She/Her) is Communication Studies and Human Resources Management student working towards a public relations career. After volunteering as a makeup artist back in March 2019, Shenali has grown as an artist, community organizer, and core team member responsible for leading several initiatives such as our 2020 Let's Love More Exhibit. As a Jane-Finch resident Shenali is passionate about community outreach and research as she works as a Community Research Coordinators on the Jane-Finch Community Research Partnership and as a Community Wellbeing Intern with the Jane/Finch Community & Family Centre. Shenali is also the Vice-President Social of New College Council.
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COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Caitlin Arizala (She/Her) is a University of Toronto student majoring in Health Studies, Political Science, and minoring in Psychology. As a social entrepreneur, writer, and equity advocate, Caitlin employs community organizing and written work to mobilize social change and empower marginalized Toronto communities. She is passionate about unravelling the intersections of identity as a hyphenated, racialized, Indigenous woman through her poetry, creative essays, self-published research, reflections, and grassroots involvement. Over five years, she has worked with Bayanihan Toronto, North York Community House, YEPPYC and more to publish and disseminate her written activism. Ultimately, she strives to utilize her experiences as future Toronto-based equity, immigration, and poverty lawyer.
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Naba Malik (She/Her) is an Ontario Tech University graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Finance and double minors in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources. Naba currently works at TD Insurance and is the Co-Founder of a Toronto-based event decoration business called Sundazed Event Decor. As Naba was born and raised in Malvern, she is passionate about teaching financial literacy to youth. Her current goals include strengthening Flaunt-It's investment readiness as a social enterprise and social media strategizing for e-commerce.
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Creative director (events/campaigns)
Richelle Nelson (She/Her) is a First-Generation Jamaican-Canadian undergraduate student majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in sociology and Philosophy at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Richelle is the co-founder and the current president of UTM's Black Students' Association. She also was elected UTMSU's 2019-2020 Vice-President Campus Life, where she organized significant university events such as the university's Orientation, Black History Month and Culture fest. She is a self-taught makeup artist, filmmaker, photographer, activist and scholar. After Graduation, Richelle plans to attend Toronto Film school to deepen her knowledge of filmmaking in Fall 2021. Her goal is to create stories that highlight stories of Women and Non-binary people of Color.
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Creative director (VISUALS/DESIGNS)
Dhanya Senguttuvan (She/Her) is a self-taught visual artist passionate about creating impactful pieces and giving back to the community. As a painter inspired by her South Asian diaspora, multi-medium pieces, and visual storytelling, Dhanya joined Flaunt It in the summer of 2019 to find an art community. Through her artwork, Dhanya captures complex ideologies and expresses herself to ignite reflexivity in audiences. Graduating from York University with a Bachelor's degree in Health Studies, Dhanya presently works in Fund Development for the Alzheimer's Society of Canada. In all her endeavours as an artist, Dhanya is dedicated to giving back to the community as she is the lead designer of our social enterprise, #FlauntItCollection!
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Creative director (TALENT)
Makayla Walker (She/They) is a Black Trans Drag Queen, dancer, actress and multidisciplinary artist. Makayla is a trained classical, contemporary, and musical stage performer. Through her performing arts knowledge, Makayla began performing and producing virtual drag performances with the support of members from Flaunt-It. Her Drag is focused on being authentically Black with an homage to old-glam Hollywood. She is dedicated to ensuring that her Drag can represent every Black boy or girl who has felt out of place or odd. As a member of the Jane-Finch community, Makayla is passionate about bringing arts-based programming to the community's youth.
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As an organization that operates primarily online and through social media platforms, Flaunt It's Artistic Associates are also students and emerging creatives, activists, and leaders who share a passion for women's empowerment. We thank them for their year-round dedication to content creation for our movement! ♡
Biographies on our artists coming soon! ♡
Past Team Members
Flaunt It's work would not be possible without the contributions and impact that each of our previous Core Team members have made with us. As members of our core team may leave the organization, they all share the confidence and resources to pursue their independent passion projects and career goals. Check out their pages to see what they are now up to!
Special thanks to these incredible womEn!
- Alyssa T. (Nail Technician)
- Sapheon G. (Business Student & Aspiring Lawyer)
- Emily F. (UofT Student)
- Jazmine S. (Freelance Photographer)
- Gretchen F. (Art Director & Graphic Designer)
- Tina N. (Undergraduate Student + Event Planner)
- Sky S. (Entrepreneur & Small Business Partner)
- Ranique C. (Entrepreneur & Small Business Partner)