This February, all month long, we’re honouring the work of 28 inspiring leaders. Women who are drawing upon and celebrating their culture while making a lasting difference in their community using their gifts. From authors and teachers, CEOs to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit directors, artists, and more, these women are changing the face of leadership.

These are truly women to watch and veza community is so pleased to share their brilliance.

May their stories inspire YOU to rise.

Meet Chantal Carter Taylor.

Born and raised in Montreal, Chantal Carter Taylor is an entrepreneur who has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, as a Stylist, Image Consultant, and magazine Style Director. She was a key player in winning the Kenneth R. Wilson Award for best art direction and ranked 3rd best speech in a Toastmasters International area speech competition. She also appreciates creating high-end simplicity in fashion and food. She displayed this talent as a contestant in the 1st episode of Four Weddings Canada, winning 1st place for her wedding. Chantal’s passion to uplift women of colour through fashion inspired her to develop a diverse skin tone intimates line called Love & Nudes. This brand is more than just fashion, it’s a social movement connecting women and celebrating the beauty of difference through social media and events. She believes apparel and cosmetics should be accessible to all in the manner that allows them to showcase their personal style.

Chantal is a person who never felt like she fit into societal expectations and obligations, e.g. working in a job she hated simply because the pay was decent. She always wanted to do something more, and meaningful. Chantal is happy when she’s being creative, socializing and hanging out with family who love her no matter what! Finally, she is a dark chocolate fanatic and is currently obsessed with white wine, as well as sparkling and special spirits.

So tell us, Chantal: What inspires you most? What motivates you to get up every morning?

Doing work I want to do, not work I have to do.

Sometimes I am not inspired each day and that’s okay. I understand that we all have things we must do whether we love it or not, but the bigger picture has to be something I love, where I can use my creativity and the best parts of me for something meaningful. Right now it’s Love & Nudes.

How do you feel that your actions teach or inspire others?

I feel that I embody consistency and perseverance.

What is one change you’d like to see in the world?

Representation for people of colour at the highest level everywhere: in medicine, media, government, business, law, etc.

Which of your contributions to date have given you the greatest sense of pride?

I am really proud to have launched a line of bras and panties that reflect the skin tones of women of colour, and of all the things that I had to do to get it launched!

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Chantal! Learn more about her work and stay connected via her Facebook and Instagram @loveandnudes, or on Twitter: @loveandnudes_

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