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A showcase of amazing women who balance beauty & intellectual brilliance.
In short.  They shine.


[Inspire] Malala Yousafazai Addresses UN General Assembly

Riveting speech by the 16 year old young
woman from Pakistan who survived being
shot by the Taliban just for exercising her
right to education.  


[Video] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TEDxEuston

No doubt that with the recent release of the
superstar singer Beyonce’s latest self-titled
album, long-subdued debates have risen up.
In particular, the track ‘Flawless’ that samples
a recent TED talk by the Orange Prize-winning
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Here’s the talk in its entirety for you.



[News] Erykah Badu x Givenchy

Props to Style Show for the report that Mz.Badu is
the new face representing fashion giant Givenchy’s
Spring/Summer 2014 line. 


[ART] Wangechi Mutu x Santigold - 'The End of Eating Everything' Excerpt

“The End of eating Everything” is an excerpt of artist Wangechi Mutu’s
first animated video, created in collaboration with recording artist
Santigold and co-released by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke
University and MOCAtv on YouTube. 


[INTERVIEW] My Ink: Sydney Leroux

This latest installment in the AOL series shines 
a spotlight on United States Women’s National
Team soccer player Sydney Leroux and her love
of tattoos.


A Word From Us.

We here at Manifesto have gotten some feedback 
regarding this column. Some of it has been positive
and supportive, and some of it has been critical and
ultimately done so that we can continue Wisdom
Body in a positive manner.

All of us behind Manifesto as it is now, are wholly
appreciative of the fact that women should be seen
not just as eye candy, but as complete beings. In
the past, we’ve gotten a bit out of balance here.
We intend to restore that balance and do better
for our women readers. We will not pander but we
also will not objectify. Please hold us to this, and
please stay tuned.

Thank you. 


Leryn Franco

Ms. Franco caught the eyes of the world as she debuted for her
native Paraguay in the javelin during the 2004 Olympic Games
in Athens. She’s gone on to still compete, as well as be regarded
as one of the more notable beauties in the world. And she was
a part of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to boot.


Lais Ribeiro

Lais is a fairly new model on the scene making big waves. She’s been
seen in the pages of Vogue Brasil, and is now a Victoria’s Secret model.
Check out her latest commercial just below:


Sonja Sohn 

Few actresses have had such a strident career path like Sonja Sohn.
Born to a Korean mother and African American father in Newport News,
Virginia, Sonja moved to New York City and got interested in the art of
the spoken word. Her passionate writing and performances led her to
her first film role in 1996 with Work. After some encouragement, she
began to take part in acting workshops and gained overnight stardom
with her role in the Sundance Award winning film Slam in 1998. After
turns in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead and John Singleton’s
Shaft, Sonja landed her iconic role as Detective Shakima ‘Kima’ Greggs
in HBO’s ‘The Wire’. Ms. Sohn hasn’t slowed down since, adding to her
repetoire a role in ABC’s newest series ‘Body of Proof’ along with work
on President Obama’s election campaign in 2008 and being the director
of reWIRED for Change, a community activism initiative she founded
in Maryland. We definitely look forward to seeing more of her on our
screen…heck, anywhere for that matter.

Sonja Sohn speaks on her involvement with reWIRED For Change

(c) Photography by Tim Pierce


Elisabeth Seifu

Ms.Seifu is a well-known plus-sized model of Ethiopian and
Puerto Rican descent with appearances in Glamour and Essence
Magazine under her belt…for more info check out her