This series is one celebrating Black women in positions of leadership. These images juxtapose Street Etiquette’s Black Ivy editorial shoot and complement Lean In by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg. The images illuminate a hidden identity while emanating power, grace, and a fluidity between “roles.”

C A T A L Y S T was created in an effort to shatter the glass around the roles women have been assigned in contemporary society; who they can be, what they can wear and how they choose to carry themselves.

The project features 17 DC women who are artists and entrepreneurs in their own right and friends or colleagues of Velvet. 

All images were shot, printed, and framed in Washington, DC by local artists + makers.

Special Thanks to Kelcey Abney, Lloyd Foster, and Roderick Johns!