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Cool Stuff from the Episode + More

Music Credits

  • “Super Bubbly” by Jesse Spillane

  • “Last Dance” by Jahzzar

  • “Living In Reverse” by Broke For Free

  • “RSPN” by Blank & Kytt

what is a woman?

This is a project of curiosity; we seek to uncover new meanings, new layers, new empathy. We’ll celebrate the ways womanhood is at once a shared experience and a diverse one. In seasonal, hour-long episodes, we’ll explore different facets of this experience within a local context and through a variety of lenses: informative, funny, conceptual, and personal.


episode 1: what is beauty?

Beauty is so much more than “what mascara goes with my eye color?” How we dress, who we look to for inspiration, the time we spend crafting our external selves – it’s all an extension and a celebration of identity. Three local experts, plus perspectives from the street, offer food for thought – and a little bit of fun.

perspectives behind "what is beauty?"


Jasmine "Cocoa Flo" Swanagan

Jasmine “Cocoa Flo” Swanagan is a feisty, unapologetic, and enlightened poetic voice hailing from the small city of Owensboro, KY. Lyrically, she is a roaring lioness when she serves due notice to racism, body shaming, and colorism. Learn more about her here.



Stephanie Sadre-Orafai

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the production of difference and types among expert communities in the United States. Her ethnographic work examines media and cultural producers, emerging forms of expertise, the intersection of race, language, and visual practices in aesthetic industries, and forms of evidence and the body. Learn more about her here.


Stefani Carol

Stefani Carol is a business owner, new mom and wife, licensed makeup artist, and international educator. She is addicted to seeing others succeed and is obsessed with lashes...so much so that she created her very own lashes line, Lovie Lashes. Learn more about her here.

meet the host


Elsie Mort

Elsie is a native Cincinnati writer, artist, and designer. Her interests range from illustrating children’s books to horror films and she currently lives in Wyoming, Ohio.