Lifetime Celebrates Female Honorees and Highlights Female Artists of Color in #FierceFemaleFridays

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Lifetime, a network known for telling women’s stories, extends its power to shine a spotlight on incredible women on its social media platforms with the launch of the new initiative #FierceFemaleFriday, highlighting women who have made impactful contributions to the world.  Each Friday, beginning today, June 26, Lifetime’s social feeds on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will honor one woman each week, famous or not, for their big or small acts and showcase why each is worthy of being celebrated as they stand for something bigger than themselves and selflessly advocate for others.  As part of the initiative, the woman chosen will be commemorated with a special portrait created by a female artist that Lifetime commissions each month. Lifetime will further amplify these artists and bring more awareness on the network’s social media platforms  with a collective audience of over 5 million followers (Facebook – 4.4 million, Instagram – 571K and Twitter – 315K).  Lifetime will also ask followers to nominate women that should be recognized for their contributions as well.

The first set of #FierceFemaleFriday honorees selected by Lifetime that will be illustrated by artist Rachelle Baker are:

Rachelle Baker
Rachelle Baker – June/July
Rachelle, 29, is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator from Detroit MI. She has a Capricorn sun, a Scorpio moon, and has a deep and undying love for Shoujo Manga; twitter is @thelittleanimal and insta is @indoorcatgirl.
Aisha Simone
Aisha Simone – August
Aisha, 21, hails from Chesapeake. Virginia and is a black artist and writer whose work focuses on the intersection between blackness, womanhood and mental health. @artforaisha on insta, twitter, facebook and medium.
Ryan Oakley
Ryan Oakley – September
Ryan, 26, is a multimedia artist  from Greensboro, NC,  creating anything from digital works of art and logos to traditional drawings and oil paintings. She is inspired by comic book art and diverse and strong women, which is often reflected in her work; twitter is @mutantx_28 and insta is @ryanoakleyart.
Steffi Walthall
Steffi Walthall – October
Steffi, 24, is a US-based illustrator and character designer born and raised in Virginia. She attended the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), where she received her BFA in Game Development. During her time at SCAD, she developed a line-focused, graphic style. Working primarily in Photoshop, she focuses on crafting a diverse range of characters and unique stories. Steffi draws a majority of her inspiration from mythology, history, film, and science fiction. When she isn’t busy creating something new, you can find her listening to D&D podcasts, reading comic books, or playing video games with her friends.
Alisha Wilkerson
Alisha Wilkerson – November
Alisha, 30, a self-taught artist from Brooklyn, NY, who focuses on creating bright, bold, and expressive illustrations, Twitter: itsamealishaaaa Instagram: alisha_illustrates
Kim Ekdahl


Kim Ekdahl – December
Kim, 32, is a freelance illustrator based in Sweden. She has roots in game development and worked as a Lead artist in the game industry before deciding to pursue illustration fulltime. Working with games made her realize her love for creating unique characters and telling enchanting stories with her art. When she’s not illustrating she enjoys playing games, reading fantasy or sci-fi novels and taking care of her plants, which are all things that inspires her art greatly. She loves working with color, usually bright saturated ones, and is always on the hunt for the next perfect color palette. @pinktofu_art for insta and twitter.