The LOTI team is 75% female, so naturally International Women’s Day is something we want to celebrate. In addition to spotlighting five London-based women who kill in their respective fields, we asked the women in LOTI what they are proud of and who they want to shout this IWD for.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest pride is probably moving to Argentina for a year. Not only because I survived as a vegetarian in the Steak Capital of the World, but because the entire twelve months have been a big cultural slap in the face (in the best possible way). Yes there have been ups and downs (as well as a LOT of stuff lost in the translation) but this country and its people are truly special.

Which women really inspire you and why?

I love Nigella – I know, who doesn’t? – his attitude to food and his approach to cooking are truly inspiring. But I’m also inspired by so many other women in the food industry like Anna Jones, Ravneet Gill, Meera Sodha, Ruby Tandoh, Claire Saffitz, Nadiya Hussain… I could go on, but I won’t. Oh, I need to mention Gillian Anderson. Alright, that’s enough.


What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest pride was traveling South America and hiking the Inca Trail for 4 days, 26 miles and up to 13,769 feet to reach the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We had to get up at 4am on the last day to reach the Sun Gate (the OG entry point) at sunrise. I felt like there were a lot of groups competing with each other to get there first, and if you’ve never tried jogging along the cliffs that have been built in years 1500 by the Incas, I can tell you that is quite terrifying. . But it was worth it in the end when I reached the Sun Gate and saw the rising sun illuminate my first view of Machu Picchu. Simply magical.

Which women really inspire you and why?

I find people who own their niche and bring something original to the table that is truly inspiring. Women who creatively do their own thing and find their way to success, like fashion blogger and designer @ttigerlilly, amazing sculptor @_thetits who shares designs that inspire body positivity and girlboss @fbeinghumbleldn who empowers women at WERK IT, as well as foodies I’ve created amazing content including @truffleandegg, @gemtakesfoodpics and nutritionist @themissiondieitian. Of course, I couldn’t finish this without yelling out my mom – a stronger, more independent, and lairy woman who I don’t know (although my sister gives her a run for her money). Luv ya mom!


What is your greatest achievement?

I would probably say I got a distinction for my MA in War Culture and History from the University of Manchester. There was a lot of work and I really got this degree, and seeing it in its shining frame on my parents’ wall is a nice reminder that the effort pays off.

Which women really inspire you and why?

I absolutely loved Daisy May Cooper on Instagram during the lockdown. We all need a good LOL right now and she never fails on that front. I also think Ash Sarkar is great – you’re always going to have to deal with people piling up when you write about politics, but she handles all the racist and sexist bullshit thrown on Twitter so well and doesn’t let it in. . the way of what she does. Really if it should be my friends. They just do shit whether it’s starting a new business or navigating tough life events and they never let their friendships slip away. Absolute Kweens. And my mother too. She came to this country without speaking English and became a very respected English teacher – if it’s not a boss move, I don’t know what it is!


What is your greatest achievement?

Surviving the pandemic – 12 months have been tough and I have worked harder than ever to keep the business alive and doing my daily job. We actually managed to grow the LOTI team this year, which I’m very proud of, but I shout out to anyone who has pivoted (dirty word alert), pushed around and managed to stay afloat this year. In the words of D-Ream, “things can only get better”.

Which women really inspire you and why?

My team – the WFH was not easy and so I am inspired by the way they took on the challenges. The ladies of Luminary Bakery and the work they do to help women who have been at a social and economic disadvantage. They are based on my street so I salute them for my coffee and fresh bread as well.

IT’S TIME TO DANCE. TEAM LOTI’S IWD PLAYLIST…

By Vinod Gill

Chief Editor and reporter. Major onsite works and development.

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