Join us for a rapid-fire round of questions with Sellebrity Nadya Okamoto (@nadyaokamoto), Founder of PERIOD: The Menstrual Movement, Co-Founder of August, Author of PERIOD POWER, and Host of the Tigress Podcast!
- How did you become such an ardent advocate of the period movement? What/who was your biggest inspo?
I learned about period poverty in 2014 from hearing stories directly from homeless women about their experience of not being able to afford period products. I had never heard of period poverty before, but learning about that and the fact that the tampon tax existed in 40 states at the time ignited a fire in me — I knew I had to take action. So that year, I started what is now known as PERIOD.org, a nonprofit. I led it as executive director until January 2020 before I began my journey starting August, a sustainable period brand.
- What has been your most favorite speaker event outfit up to this point?
Honestly probably my outfit from my first ever TedX speech. I put so much thought into what I was going to wear and found something I was both comfy in and felt confident. I haven’t worn that shirt since, but I can't bring myself to give it away!
- Are feminine and feminist arch-rivals?
Nope — they’re completely unrelated. Feminine is a term for gender expression - how one chooses to express themselves! A Feminist is just someone who fully believes in gender equality.
- What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned? Who/what imparted this nugget?
Take care of yourself and prioritize sleep. The world taught me that the hard way.
- You are so candid, sharing openly about your menstrual cycle and other very personal topics on Instagram and TikTok. What topic is off-limits for you?
Probably my personal sex life in detail — out of respect for my partner. Also, any further details that involve someone else’s privacy.