Vocal Spotlight aims to highlight standout creators who are changing the world one story at a time. We're getting to know the storytellers who inspire us the most, and we can't wait for you to meet them.
Creator Spotlight: Dar’Jae Shyree
Born and raised in Chicago, Dar’Jae always had a passion for writing, humanitarianism, and making the world a better place. Together with her interests in fashion and the modeling industry, she was always looking for a way to highlight women like her who shared her same interests. That’s why she started Adoring Black Women—a blog dedicated to celebrating women of color, and above all informing and educating people on important topics including race and ethnicity. Her Instagram quickly blew up (no surprise there!) as it provided a relatable and safe space for other women like her, while adding some humor making it a must-follow account. She started creating on Vocal a few months ago, and her stories were inspiring and insightful without fail, so we sat down with Dar’Jae to get to know her a bit better. Here’s what she had to say.
Creator Spotlight: Jonathan Sim
Jonathan Sim has been a frequent contributor to our Geeks community—sharing insightful reviews and thoughts on some of our favorite movies, and more. His stories have captivated the interest of the Vocal community, especially when it comes to learning a thing or two about the MCU (if you still haven’t read his Spaghetti Order on how to watch these movies, you’re definitely missing out). We’re big fans of Jonathan’s stories, and practically read his reviews before deciding on whether or not a movie is worth watching. We wanted to get in touch and learn a bit more about this film lover—here’s what Jonathan had to say.
Creator Spotlight: Harrison Galgut
Meet Harrison Galgut, a photographer and videographer who’s passionate about telling powerful stories through his lens. He’s the founder ofEdit6 Photography, a company built to capture the lives of people in the most artistic way. Specializing in portraits, weddings and other milestone events, his mission is to find ways in which he can keep alive the memories of other people’s happiest times. We love seeing how photography and storytelling go hand in hand, and decided to reach out to Harrison to learn a bit more about how he accomplishes this. Here's what he had to say.
Creator Spotlight: Reigning Women
Danielle Regina—also known as Qwnie—is the founder of QWN Apparel and Reigning Women. She and her team used Vocal to build up Reigning Women's blog a few months ago, and since then they've been sharing enlightening, empowering stories about what it means to be a woman personally, and what it means to be a woman in today's cultural and political climate. We love the message that they're working to spread, so we decided to reach out to Qwnie to learn more about how she got started and what she hopes to achieve through Reigning Women. Here's what she had to say.
Creator Spotlight: Faith Summer
Faith Summer is an entrepreneur and world traveler who's dedicated herself to a truly bohemian lifestyle. This Vancity girl has traveled to country after country in search of natural, vibrant beauty—and the perfect photo op. She values natural beauty in people, too; she's fiercely adamant about the importance of self love, without any qualifications or exceptions. Faith has been creating on Vocal for nearly a year and a half now, sharing her colorful worldview with the rest of our community. So, we decided to sit down with her and see what she had to say about wanderlust, getting creative, and loving where your roots lie—and here's what she had to say.
Creator Spotlight: Alexis Montoya
Meet the face behind The Bronx Vegan, a movement rooted in a conscious effort to make mindful lifestyles more accessible. Alexis Montoya is a native Bronxite with Peruvian and Puerto Rican roots, and she's been creating on Vocal for a year and a half now as she navigates a city and a cultural background in which veganism is less than traditional. Alexis shares how she manages to live as a vegan without sacrificing joy or culture in a borough where the chopped cheese reigns supreme. We sat down with Alexis to get to know her, and The Bronx Vegan, a little better, and here's what she had to say.
Creator Spotlight: Samantha Bentley
Samantha Bentley: A true Renaissance woman. DJ, yoga guru, vegan food lover, award-winning former porn star, and as of a few weeks ago, a glowing new mother to a beautiful baby boy. Samantha has been a Vocal creator for three years now; she's watched our platform grow, and we've been lucky enough to watch her grow with us as she's explored everything from the sex work industry to mental health to experiencing motherhood. So, we decided to sit down with her and get to know her better—and we can't wait for you to get to know her, too.
Creator Spotlight: Eva Smite
Writer, model, and girl boss Eva Smite is on a mission: celebrate and empower others through her storytelling. She's been creating on Vocal for just over a year, and focuses on self love, body positivity, and being unequivocally kind in her stories. Eva founded Mindful Models in 2018 to bring consciousness to the modeling industry in a way that highlights respect and acceptance. We sat down with Eva to get to know her a little better, and here's what she had to say.