100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

MOLLY ADAMS

“I have always taken photos, but people started paying me one day, so I rolled with it,” says Los Angeles-based photographer, Molly Adams. “But on a deeper note, I enjoy documenting the world as I see it and experience it. I think I would do that no matter what field I went into, so I’m grateful that I can make a living from my hobby.” Adams studied at Emerson College in Boston. Now living on the West Coast, she shoots life wherever she ends up. (You can see her work and follow her on Instagram: @mollyktadams.) She counts Scottish photographer Muir Vidler as one of her influences and gets a deep sense of satisfaction when she takes a photo of someone, “and they go, ‘oh, I actually look good there!’ because I think everyone is photogenic. It’s about relaxing enough to let your true self shine.” Although Adams is an out lesbian, she didn’t really come out, per se. “It was kind of a given,” she tells GO. “I’ve looked the same since I cut my hair off when I was six years old.” It’s no surprise, then, that she believes we should all break more bound-aries and be visible. “Progress is made by taking steps out of our comfort zones into open water,” she says. –SLO