100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Sabrina Dirks

Self-taught fashion designer Sabrina Dirks is a real wunderkind. Growing up in a small German village, Dirks never felt like she fit into the common standard of feminine beauty displayed by the women around her. She loved sneakers, short tousled hair, and simple, comfortable clothes. When she couldn´t find apparel that she wanted to wear, she made it herself. In 2011, she founded the fashion label NJULEZZ, Europe´s first queer fashion house employing LGBT graphics and authentic models. Since debuting at the huge Christopher Street Day festival in Cologne that year, Dirks´ boyishly tailored shirts and hoodies have garnered fans around the world-from the U.S. to Australia. Germany´s leading lesbian magazine L-Mag featured the label on its cover, and Dirks (who runs the line with her fiancee, Kathi Lindner) plans to market directly to LGBT Pridegoers this summer. Dirks and Lindner are fascinated by the idiosyncratic fashion of the LGBT scene, which they say develops completely independently of the mainstream and is constantly reinventing itself. ″A lesbian as a trendsetter is not as unusual as it was five years ago-and we want to be right at the heart of the action.″ -KL

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