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. 

AJA AGUIRRE

Aja Aguirre is not only a brand scout for Volition Beauty—a San Francisco-based startup that uses tech to empower consumers to co-create luxury beauty products—she’s also the esteemed Style & Beauty Editor for Autostraddle. None of this would have been possible, however, if she hadn’t launched Fit for a Femme, an acclaimed style blog that she’s run single-handedly for the past eight years. She also likes to take her expertise on the road: from SXSW earlier this year, to local women-run panels and events, and BeautyCon in LA this July. Since starting her blog and establishing partnerships with style and beauty brands, Aguirre has been featured in The Huffington Post and Huffington Post Live, dapperQ, Qwear and many, many more. It may seem like a lot to juggle, but she’s long known how to prioritize and feed the things she’s passionate about. “As a mother—and for a long while, a single mother—I had to really work on finding the balance in supporting my family, while still carving out the time and energy to nurture and prioritize creativity,” she says. That’s something we can all aspire to. –SLO