As a brand, our affection for empowered successful women runs deep. Our latest collaboration features Pamela’s signature grasp of traditional forms while specifically celebrating the divine feminine, accentuating the natural beauty the female form holds. We partnered with three women who inspired us with their strength and beauty and who we believe had valuable perspectives that could contribute to the design and feel of these unique pieces - Ebonee Davis, Sara Sampaio, and Jasmine Tookes. Our muses reflect the large and diverse world we live in and bring their own unique cultural touch-points to the pieces they collaboratively designed with Pamela. A percentage of sales from this collection will be donated to organizations each of the collaborators feel close to and choose specifically for this project.
We spoke to Ebonee, Jasmine, and Sara about their experiences creating this collection:
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Ebonee is equally known for her work as a model and that of an activist. She uses her platform to stand up for change and as an advocate for equality in the modeling industry. Authenticity is at the heart of beauty for her “I think it's so important that we're given the opportunity to be ourselves authentically, especially as a black woman, to have my beauty highlighted in a way that doesn't stray far from who I am naturally. It’s a message to the world that who we are authentically is also beautiful.” In 2016 her TED talk entitled “black girl magic in the fashion industry” went viral and became a catalyst for many of the on-going strides towards diversity within the fashion industry. She is also the founder of Daughter, a non-profit organization sponsoring travel for scholars of the African diaspora who wish to expand their narrative.
A vital part of her journey has been connecting with her roots. For this collection a main source of inspiration was the ancient lore of Mami Wata, the African water spirit. Mami Wata’s origins can be traced to West Africa where Cowrie shells were once used as a form of currency and a symbol of protection. Ebonee has a sacred and personal connection to the Ocean. “ I've kind of created my own rituals. I'm also a Scorpio and water sign, so I like to always have something from the sea on my altar and I love to go down to the ocean under, new moons and full moons and just give thanks and tap into the spiritual offerings that the ocean has. “
The concept of water flow was integral to her designs. Her asymmetric earrings honor the place where discipline and surrender intersect to create flow. She references Bruce Lee’s famous interview in which he states
"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
While traveling to West Africa in 2018, Ebonee had a profound experience connecting with her authentic and ancestral identity. This realization led to her wish to make this experience available to more young women of her heritage and she founded Daughter Org, which she describes as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to unifying descendants of the diaspora. Through their work they allow young scholars to return to The Motherland to expand their narrative and understand their roots more deeply.
Sara Sampaio is a Portuguese model, actress and mental health advocate. Sara’s pieces were inspired by her love of the ocean, and the sense of freedom, being close to the water gives her. She chose feather motifs to represent the light airy feeling of liberation and added pearls to represent a feminine oceanic energy.
Her pieces are dainty and designed to be layered allowing women to express themselves through their styling. “I would like the women wearing them to feel free because that’s what I love about the air and the ocean. There's nothing more freeing than to jump in the ocean and swim. Then you look up at the birds flying and they can go anywhere they want to. I just want people to feel like they have a little piece that shows that they can do whatever they want and they can be whoever they want. And that brings them like, calmness and frees them.” Her intention was to make jewelry that could be worn and enjoyed by any woman, from her close friends and contemporaries, to her mother and generations beyond or before.
“I'm a water sign and I love the ocean and I love feathers. I think they're so feminine and elegant. So I love the idea of mixing the feathers with the pearls to create a combination between water and air for me that’s a true representation of my sign Cancer”
As someone who has dealt with anxiety and depression, Sara chose Project Lets who provide free counseling to those in need. They build peer-led communities of support, education & advocacy for folks with lived experience of mental illness, trauma, disability, and/or neurodivergence. They believe that principles of Disability Justice are key components to supporting collective healing and our human rights. Project Lets provide immediate crisis support to individuals from all over the world through their peer counseling programs - at no charge - 24 hours a day and offer true support for those in crisis.
Jasmine Tookes, has a deep rooted love of fashion fostered by her mother who was a celebrated stylist. Her collection focuses on practical, feminine jewelry that can be worn all day, no matter what the activity. Jasmine wanted to create something seamless, something part of the wearer’s identity. “I want it to be something that you never want to take off. Something very organic feeling, I love hammered gold pieces that have a lot of texture to them. I also wanted it to be very timeless, and just remain really chic.” The beautiful staples in Jasmine’s pieces are simple and refined but with unexpected details: an irregular baroque pearl functions as a toggle clasp, a single hoop that looks like two giving the effect of multiple ear piercings.
“I like to always show my true, raw self, So I think it's really cool that this collaboration is all about us and who we really are. The pieces really represent us.“
Another one of Jasmines passions is wellness. She is the co-founder of Joja, which promotes healthy nutrition and fitness. On Joja, Jasmine shares easy but effective workouts that can be done from home with minimal equipment. With the same kind approach of ease and accessibility she shares recipes that can be prepared in the home that deliciously nourish the body as well as the spirit.
Jasmine’s chosen charity is Black Girls Rock who are dedicated to the development and empowerment of young black women. Through their work in education and mentorship, they build the self-esteem & self-worth of young women of color - which feeds the souls and builds the roads to future strong black voices in America.