Make Some Noise

Celebrating Bold Women, Bold Voices

Neiman Marcus recognizes bold women with bold voices who are making their mark on the world. Join the conversation with #NMMakeSomeNoise


Five questions with: Tavi Gevinson

Which woman inspires you the most?
"There are so many, but today I'll say Patti Smith."

How did you get your magazine Rookie started?
"I found myself in a community of like-minded young women from starting my blog, wanted to start an online magazine, and asked for submissions to be on staff. A few people came forward as editors, and we learned about boring tech and legal things. We had it up and running Labor Day of my sophomore year."

Writer, editor, actress…what's next?
"I want to try more kinds of writing, like fiction and screenwriting."

If you could interview any woman, who would it be?
"Beyonce. I'd want to talk feminism with her. The chillest thing would be a more controversial interview, which I rarely see with her."

How do you want to make an impact on the world?
"I just hope that Rookie can let every teenager reading it know they are already cool/pretty/smart/good enough."

Model Citizen: Stella Tennant

Stella Tennant launched her career in the heyday of the supermodel—the early 1990s. But two decades later, in this new golden age of the model, the sinewy Scottish aristocrat clearly holds her own with Instagramming ingenues like Cara and Karlie.

"At this point, I'm either working with people I've worked with for a long time and who are at the top of their games, or working with young photographers who give me a new perspective," says Tennant, who starred in our March issue's The Art of Fashion® campaign shot by rising stars Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi. "It's very flattering to still be relevant."

Tennant (whose late grandmother was the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the youngest of England's famous Mitford sisters) was first cast by photographer Steven Meisel for a British Vogue real-girls- of-London concept in 1993. "Nothing was expected of me. I felt no particular pressure," Tennant recalls. But after the shoot wrapped, Meisel invited the fledgling art student—mop-topped, nose-ringed, kohl-lined—to star in a Versace campaign, working the camera alongside uber-mannequins like Linda Evangelista and Shalom Harlow. "I was in Paris the next week," says Tennant. And Milan soon after, entwined with Evangelista in the pages of Italian Vogue.

"She is aristocratic and cool, expressive, assertive. Probably because of all the years shooting with Meisel, David Sims, and Irving Penn," says Murenu. "A 16-year-old will never give that feeling of enduring beauty."

Five questions with: Maiyet's Kristy Caylor

What does "making noise" mean to you?
"Women are the global leaders of tomorrow. They're doing incredible things as entrepreneurs, community builders, mothers, and activists. And they're generating amazing results. For example, companies with mostly women managers are 34 percent more profitable. We are innovating and raising awareness for some of the world's most important issues—and it's only the beginning."

How do you want to make your mark?
"I'm deeply passionate about women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. Whether it's serving as an example, a mentor, an innovator, or an investor—I'm dedicated to supporting the next generation of female entrepreneurs globally."

Advice for women in your industry
"Dare to think differently. Be brave, be bold, and work hard because all great things come from a tremendous amount of work."

Do you have a mentor?
"My 93-year-old grandmother was a tap dancer on Broadway in the '40s. She's strong, unafraid, can still do a mean time step. And also my mother, who was one of a handful of women at Price Waterhouse in New York in the early '70s—I don't think they even had ladies' rooms then. They both pioneered in their own way and give me the confidence and courage to do what I do today."

Best part of your job?
"I get to go from the runway in Paris to our artisans' villages. Connecting those two worlds in a meaningful way is the most rewarding part."

From SXSW 2015

Bold Women,
Bold Voices

South by Southwest 2015

Watch the recap of our three-day event celebrating women who are challenging the status quo.

See what our CUSP stylist packed for Austin 

Meet Noisemaker

Katherine Keating

Katherine Keating

A former policy advisor for the State Government of New South Wales, Australia, Katherine Keating has since carved out a career in online content production, documentaries, and film, with an emphasis on social impact. In her current role as director of Keating Consulting, she advises international corporations, governments, think tanks, and not-for-profits. Keating is also a contributing editor to The World Post, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and the Berggruen Institute on Governance.

Neiman Marcus is celebrating "Noisemakers"—bold women with bold voices. What does making some noise mean to you?
Raising awareness.

As executive producer of One on One, you've talked with countless inspiring women. Was there a favorite?
Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder of Acumen. She's empowering the bottom billion to empower themselves.

If you could interview any woman, who would it be? What would you ask?
Hillary Clinton.

Advice for budding entrepreneurs who'd like to launch their own businesses?
Always take the meeting—you never know what will come of it.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that the series promotes issues that are otherwise underrepresented.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Skype…What are you into and what do you skip?
Never been on Facebook, never will. Instagram's cool, but I rely on Twitter for most of my news.

Your most recent social media update?
My latest One on One series interview.

App you use every day?

When it's time to unwind, what's your favorite way to de-stress?

Meet Noisemaker

Katie Lee

Katie Lee

Katie Lee is co-host of Food Network's The Kitchen and author of two cookbooks, The Comfort Table and Recipes for Everyday Occasions. She also writes a column for Self and published her first novel, Groundswell, in 2011. Outside of her culinary and literary adventures, Lee sits on the celebrity board for Feeding America and the culinary council of Food Bank for New York City.

Neiman Marcus is celebrating "Noisemakers"—bold women with bold voices. What does making some noise mean to you?
It's important to me to be myself and to speak my truth. When I was younger, I was so concerned with what people thought. As I've matured, I've become much more comfortable with who I am and having my own voice.

Your philosophy on cooking is about comfort foods and seasonal ingredients. What made this a focus?
I grew up in a small town in West Virginia, and my grandmother was an amazing cook. My grandpa had a garden, his cousin raised cows, another cousin raised pigs and everyone shared their food. We ate local, seasonal foods because it was economical. Now I live in The Hamptons, where we have some of the country's best produce farms, fresh seafood, dairy farms, chicken farms and vineyards, so eating locally and seasonally continues to be a way of life. The term "farm to table" is so overused at this point, so I hesitate to use it, but almost everything on my dinner table can be sourced from a twenty-mile radius from my home. For me, comfort food is about knowing where my food came from, how it was raised, and how it'll affect the environment for future generations.

What female chef has inspired you?
My biggest inspiration has always been my grandmother. She taught me to cook, and is such a strong woman. When she was in her fifties, she decided to go to college. I'm impressed by her and her accomplishments.

What made you decide to get involved in your community's charities?
It's shameful to think of how many people are food-insecure in this country. Forty-nine million people face hunger in America and rely on food banks. I hate the thought of a child going to bed hungry; it breaks my heart.

Most challenging part about writing your first novel, Groundswell?
Writing is a lot like going to the gym. Once you get there, you're okay, but getting there is really difficult. I'm the queen of procrastination when it comes to writing. I think of everything I could possibly do (laundry, open mail, call the cable company, polish silver) other than sit down at the computer.

Currently reading?
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Favorite indulgence that's always worth the calories splurge?
Soft-serve ice cream or frozen yogurt—I can't get enough of it!

Best thing about having a one-on-one relationship with your fans through social media?
I love being able to interact with viewers of The Kitchen in real time. It makes me so happy when someone posts a picture of one of my recipes that they have made. The other day, I got a tweet from a viewer of a picture of her baby eating my pancakes. His little smile made my day!

Your closet in three words?
I like my fashion like my food—casual and comfortable—and my closet like my kitchen pantry.

Work in Progress:

Watch behind-the-scenes video as we prep for the big event

Meet Noisemaker

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

An entrepreneur and social activist of Pakistani origin, Shiza Shahid is cofounder and global ambassador of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban because of her campaign for girls' education.

You've appeared on two "30 Under 30" lists: TIME magazine's World Changers and Forbes' social entrepreneurs. How do you hope to change the world?
We can be the generation to end poverty and create a world where a child born in rural Pakistan or South Sudan can have the same opportunities as a child born in Silicon Valley. I'm also deeply passionate about women's empowerment, helping women across the world rise above gender inequalities through education, job-creation, and entrepreneurship.

What inspired your passion for social justice?
I grew up during a time when Pakistan was going through severe turbulence. It was already a country with many social issues: poverty, poor governance, and severe gender discrimination. But during my youth, it was also facing rising insecurity and terrorism. I was fortunate to have a loving home and a good education, but I wanted to help society reverse its decline into violence and chaos. I didn't know how to bring change, so I thrust myself into the heart of the social issues I wanted to understand. I volunteered in underprivileged communities working with women and children: in prisons, earthquake relief camps, slums, and other areas of need. That began for me a journey of understanding social issues and supporting social entrepreneurs, and it carries on in the work I do today.

Our Make Some Noise campaign celebrates bold women with bold voices. What advice would you give young women who are still finding their voices?
Your story is yours to write. You are unique, and there is no one like you—there never will be. So you get to decide how compassionately you live, how whole-heartedly you love, how boldly you create, how vulnerably you explore yourself. Embrace who you are, the parts you love, and the parts you struggle with. And embark on a journey to be the best version of you, to chase your wildest dreams, to care about the world, to make a difference, and leave behind a legacy you are proud of.

If you could meet with any woman, present or past, who would it be? What would you ask?
I would love to have met Maya Angelou. I admire her strength and her powerful advocacy for racial and gender equality. I would ask her what gave her the will to fight through the toughest battles, what brought her the greatest joy, and what she would do differently.

You're always beautifully dressed. Do people find it surprising that someone who fights for social justice can care about fashion, too?
I think when it comes to fashion, you have to do what makes you feel most beautiful. For me that is sometimes yoga pants, sometimes a flowy boho dress, and sometimes a power-suit. In Pakistan, it was quite common to design your own clothes. So I grew up going to the market with my mother to get loose cloth, sometimes pairing it with beadwork, lace, and other embellishments, designing the cut, and then getting it custom-stitched at a local tailor. I still love those colors and cuts, but you'll often find me working all day in my yoga pants. As a busy entrepreneur, it's important to be comfortable and to be able to hit the gym when I can take out an hour or so. And when I need to be more formal, I'll put on a dress and blazer.

Do you have any favorite designers?
I love boho designers that remind me of the colors and prints I grew up wearing in Pakistan. I also love classic DVF wrap dresses; from the newer designers I've recently bought a Clover Canyon dress that I love. I live in SoHo now, so I frequently visit the sales at boutiques trying to find unique pieces.

What do you do when you're off-duty?
I work out; it helps quiet my mind and bring back my focus. I enjoy music and dancing. I love eating good food from different cuisines, and bringing together the people I love and respect over cozy dinners. I also love the theater in Manhattan, long talks with my family, and lazy days staying home and catching up on sleep.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Skype…What are you into and what do you skip?
I love reading all the news my friends are sharing on Facebook from the four corners of the world. I struggle to keep to the brevity required by Twitter, but use it frequently. I'm still too private for Instagram, though.

What are you most thankful for?
My loved ones, our health, and the opportunities I have to live a life of meaning and impact.

Meet the Noisemakers and Artists.

Freida Pinto:

The actress encourages you to stand up for what you believe in!

Katherine Keating:

Find out whom the CEO would share a meal with.

Max Frost:

"Silence gets nothing done" says the musician.

Gracie Schram:

The 16-year-old elaborates on using your passion to make the world a better place.

Jenna Bush Hager:

Go behind the scenes with this noisemaker #NMMakeSomeNoise

Dyllan Mcgee:

The filmmaker shares the "only way to get it done."

Shiza Shahid:

"Don't apologize for who you are" says the Cofounder and Global Ambassador of the Malala Fund.

Melanie Martinez:

"She made me want to be just like her" says the singer of her bold grandmother.