Rogue Agent asked, and writers responded with a photograph of something that makes them feel strong, poised, and ready to take on the world when they have it on their body.
I feel empowered when I wear my Patti Smith t-shirt.
NAME: Alessandra Bava
GENRES: poetry, nonfiction
I feel empowered when I wear this signed t-shirt because Patti Smith is the most inspiring woman I have ever met. I will never forget the day we briefly talked about literature and the way she hugged me joyously because I had brought her a book of poems by French writer Albertine Sarrazin dating back to the 60s as a gift. She is a genuine artist and poet. I love her!
Follow Alessandra Bava on Twitter.
I feel empowered when I wear my rose gold necklace.
NAME: Alexis Rhone Fancher
GENRE: poetry, flash fiction
I designed [this necklace] by marrying my maternal grandfather’s watch chain with a giant, perfect aquamarine I inherited from my father’s sister. When I wear the necklace, I feel the combined strength of both sides of my lineage; it makes me feel powerful.
Visit Alexis at www.alexisrhonefancher.com.
I feel empowered when I wear a red lip.
NAME: Alyssa Yankwitt
I feel strong, feisty, slutty, sexy, powerful, brave, bold, and fierce when I wear a red lip.
Visit Alyssa's artist page on Facebook.
I feel empowered when I wear my brown rubber Alessi wrist watch.
NAME: Celeste Gainey
Time is all the fashion I need.
Visit Celeste at www.celestegainey.com.
I feel empowered when I wear my magic pink shoes.
NAME: Janeen Pergrin Rastall
GENRES: poetry, flash fiction
I FEEL EMPOWERED WHEN I WEAR CLOTHES THAT CHALLENGE
THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT GENDER AND HOW IT IS PERFORMED.
NAME: Jacquie Harris
GENRES: comedy, science fiction
You can find Jacquie on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femslashlatte.
I feel empowered when I wear the infinity sweater I made.
NAME: jenn Bakal
GENRES: poetry, short prose
I feel empowered when I wear my squirrel dress.
NAME: Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
I feel empowered when I wear this because it is a little bizarre and requires a second look. I like how the pattern is sort of elegant, but the idea of a mass of squirrels together is sort of gross. I paired the dress with these vintage boots and peacock earrings.
Visit Jennifer at http://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com/.
I feel empowered when I wear polka dots, perfect lips, and pearls.
NAME: Jen Stein
GENRES: poetry, letters, fiction
As a costume it boosts my confidence and makes me feel like I own a room, like people listen to the power of all three P's.
Visit Jen on the web at jensteinpoetry.wordpress.com.
I feel empowered when I wear maternity clothes.
NAME: Katie Manning
The maternity clothes (and really the pregnant belly under them) were so empowering for me. I never feel better about my body than when I am rocking a large pregnant belly.
Visit Katie on the internet at www.katiemanningpoet.com.
I feel empowered when I wear my skintight black vinyl catsuit
with the zipper that runs from collarbone to tailbone.
NAME: Leslie Salas
GENRES: short- and long-form fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, screenplays, and poetry
I feel empowered when the interview shoes are shiny.
NAME: Les Kay
I feel empowered when I wear a great suit.
NAME: Meron Langsner
GENRES: playwright, essayist
This particular suit is a Canali. It was a gift from a friend I received when I first got into real estate. The photo is a selfie I took at Stux Gallery in a piece by Margaret Evangeline (actually one of the first ones I'd ever taken). My friend who gave me this suit said that "this is a closing suit, not an everyday suit."
I feel empowered when I wear a bear.
NAME: Michael Albright
I feel empowered when I wear my black Doc Martens...
NAME: Sarah Lilius
...because they remind me of my youth when I was carefree and didn’t care what the world thought of me. I’m not that feminine and that’s okay.
Visit Sarah on the web at sarahlilius.com.
I feel empowered when I wear this Camelback...
NAME: Nicole Tong
... because it means I've set a significant distance expectation for myself on a run or a hike. I recently completed a 100K from Georgetown in DC to Harper's Ferry, WV.
Nicole tweets @nftong. Visit her on the web at www.nicoletong.com.
I feel empowered when I wear paint.
NAME: Sally Deskins
GENRE: arts reviews, criticism, and features
In this photo, you can see a bra and underwear that I body painted in; behind it you can see body prints I have done in the past, sans undergarments.
Visit Sally Deskins at sallydeskins.tumblr.com.
I feel empowered when I where skulls. Anywhere.
NAME: Suzanne Grazyna
I feel empowered when I wear Stardust.
NAME: Sommer Marie Sterud
GENRES: poetry, jokes, essays
Music is my make-up.
I feel empowered when I wear my skin, my talismans, my psychic armor.
NAME: Sonya Vatomsky
GENRES: poetry, essays
Visit Sonya at sonyavatomsky.tumblr.com.