We’ve all come to treasure and respect Neo for her natural ability to always honour her truth, no matter how controversial the topic. We hope that this post in particular will open a dialogue around the harsh realities faced by a large number of South Africa’s women and men alike.

Neo Baepi is brilliant, unapologetic, and creative. Actually the word ‘creative’ doesn’t do her justice. She is an extremely talented photographer, who manages to capture an entire story in a single shot, with ease. Neo has adopted the word ‘portraiture’, and made it her own, with a series of detailed, powerful photographs that she says ‘are an event’.

She is an activist for LGBTQ rights, and recently used her voice, and artistic skill, for Pap Culture’s #BehindTheseWalls campaign, which is celebrating Women’s Month with a series of vlogs. These fascinating, realistic vlogs explore the concept of ‘womanhood’, and what that means to 10 different women. In Neo’s interview, she chatted to us about the phrase ‘womxnhood’, a trending topic on social media, challenging the social norm that all women must be, act, think, say, wear, and live in a certain way.

What’s your superpower?

Portrait photography.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I’m fascinated by the opportunities afforded to me by the cool thing called ‘the internet’. I love making content that exemplifies me, and those who will come after me. I want to inspire, and be inspired. 

Who has been your biggest influence?

My little sister, my father, and more recently, my girlfriend. 

What change would you like to see for womankind in the future?

Womxnhood needs to be all inclusive, and intersectional otherwise it’s BS. Womxn who look like me are also womxn. Womxn who don’t have vaginas, but consider themselves womxn are also womxn. Talk to all of us, or don’t talk to us at all.

 What makes you proud to be a South African woman?

Nothing. It’s like asking a deer during open season what makes open season great. South African femicide rates are one of the highest in the world. South African men hate us, especially those of us who are black, and queer, and want us dead. There’s nothing to be proud of there. 

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Photographer: Neo Baepi

 

Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this blog post are those of the interviewees, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprout Creative PR.

 

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