At first glance the Renaissance woman has been a romanticized figure in history. The porcelain paintings of upper class damsels sum up her original role quite well: to be seen, not to be heard, not to be louder than the grandiose men of her time. Rare queens gave the Renaissance woman images of power and prestige, though her presence in culture was suppressed at best.
Deeply bound in pursuits of both beauty and curiosity, the renaissance woman has evolved gracefully through the ages and arrived to her poignant place among the modern millennials. A creature pledged wholeheartedly to her own fulfillment, she’s climbed through generations while growing in numbers, talents, and elusiveness. Access to her anatomy has made her more plentiful than ever. More women are now welcomed into universities, prized in institutions of the arts, and introduced to positions of power. There are now smarter, more educated, more artistic, more influential women than ever before in history. The past renaissance era may have had Isabella of Aragon– we now have Solange Knowles, Emma Watson, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem. The renaissance woman has evolved into a colorful and aplomb character, and her abundance has far from diluted her potency.
Momni has met an overwhelming community of women since our “rebirth” as a boutique in 2015, each woman an exquisite representation of the diverse portraiture we all comprise. The women of Jacksonville poured admiration for the Renaissance woman into our hearts. We’ve seen intelligence, creativity, and resourcefulness in each of you that we strive to mirror. We’ve met a renaissance teacher, foster mom, business owner, realtor, lawyer, and blogger. We’ve met renaissance students, activists, and artists, and we meet more every day.
As the world endeavors to interpret what the latest generation of Renaissance women want and need, we’ll be carving out our place among you and dedicating as much art, literature, fashion, business savvy, and philanthropy as you inspire along the way.
Photos by Stefanie Keeler. Writing by Mara Strobel-Lanka.