Artist Ramona Pintea with her painting of Greek Olympic gold medalist Sofia Bekatorou. Photo: Courtesy of the artist
NEW YORK – Artist Ramona Pintea has created a global sensation and women’s empowerment movement through her Urban Queen series of paintings. The collection is, bold, uplifting and symbolic — a fierce statement about women, which has gained traction with art lovers, collectors, and followers around the world. Pintea is challenging women to join the movement, find their own unique voice, inner strength and power, and “wear your crown.”
The #WearYourCrown<3 campaign is represented on nearly every continent by women of influence who empower women, each with diverse backgrounds, and are visionaries in their fields of business, politics, arts, entertainment, non-profits and more. Their collective power is reaching a global audience of over 10 million people and counting. The Urban Queen leaders who have joined this campaign are:
Susan Sloan, USA, author of A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World. She works in diplomacy in Washington, DC, engaging with diplomats, community organizers and international leaders.
Natalia Martins, Brazil, a powerhouse entrepreneur and founder of Natalia Beauty Group in Brazil, built her business from the ground up and has 100 affiliates spread throughout world – Brazil, Dubai, Switzerland, Chile, Portugal, Italy, and the USA.
Sofia Bekatorou, Greece, is an Olympic gold and bronze medalist in sailing, the first female flag bearer in the history of Greece at the Summer Olympics, and a true leader, breaking her silence in the Hellenic #MeToo movement.
Casey Donovan, Australia, award-winning, double and triple platinum musician who has made her mark in the areas of theater, television, and writing.
Barbara Lizzet Sanchez, USA, senior publicist, social activist, passionate about women’s empowerment and a strong advocate against domestic violence.
Donna Ashworth, Scotland, poet, speaker and founder of Donna Ashworth Words, brings women together with her words of truth, hope, and comfort.
Jayshree Mallaya, South Africa, co-founder of the not-for-profit Over the Walls Together, a charity aimed at community building and raising awareness of violence against women.
Amie Louie, Italy, Global Vice President Fundraising for the Professional Women’s Network (PWN), a global movement towards Gender-Balanced Leadership in business and society.
Ramona Pintea, Romania, artist and creator of the Urban Queen Collection of paintings and creator of the #WearYourCrown<3 global women’s empowerment campaign.
Pintea has painted an Urban Queen painting inspired by each of these women and is donating the original artwork to help raise funds and awareness for women’s and girls’ issues. Every Urban Queen leader is raising funds for a different charity supporting a variety of women’s issues from victims of domestic abuse, breast cancer awareness, education for indigenous girls, gender balance leadership, and more. All fundraising will be through an interactive online platform Fund Duel, under the #WearYourCrown<3 campaign March 1-April 30. Everyone is encouraged to participate with their friends by uploading photos, videos, and reels wearing a crown, making a donation, if they can, and then sharing the link on social media using the hashtag #WearYourCrown<3 and tagging the Urban Queen Leader. The campaign’s fundraising goal is to show the collective power of women.
Pintea said: “This campaign and these collaborations with women of influence will harness our collective strengths and positivity to promote causes, highlighting the amazing work that is being done all around the world – by women, for women.”
On March 8, International Women’s Day, Hotel Zena in Washington, DC, hosted the launch of the #WearYourCrown<3 global campaign with an invitation-only party event attended by Pintea and the Urban Queen Leaders. Hotel Zena is the first ever hotel in the world featuring art and design that celebrates women and women’s empowerment. Kate Thompson of Viceroy Hotel Group and Hotel Zena said: “There is no better way to kick off a celebration of Women’s History Month than at Hotel Zena. We are honored and humbled to partner with Ramona Pintea and to pay homage to these powerful and trail-blazing Urban Queens. We encourage those in the area to visit the hotel between March 9th and March 13th to see and appreciate these paintings in person, in addition to joining us for the many other activities during the month of March.”
Ramona Pintea’s #WearYourCrown<3 Urban Queen paintings will be on display to the public at Hotel Zena, 1155 14th St NW in Washington, DC, March 9-13.
The Fund Duel fundraising platform will continue collecting donations through April 30. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/3sWCXuH.
PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.
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