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CLEO

 
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POET

GODDESS

EMPOWERER


Cleo is a poet, artist, and speaker who creates empowering messages that blend simplicity with positivity, femininity, and arresting honesty. With the belief that art is for all people, Cleo creates large-scale public art pieces. For her, the New Normal is about feeling empowered.
— VOGUE

ABOUT CLEO

Cleo Wade, an outspoken artist, speaker, poet, and the author of a forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster, is an inspiring voice in today's world for gender and race equality. She creates motivating messages, blending simplicity with positivity, femininity and arresting honesty. 

Her poems, accessible yet empowering, speak to a greater future for all women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community, preaching love, acceptance, justice, and peace.

Cleo contributes regularly to W Magazine, Teen Vogue and has spoken at New York University, Columbia University, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Historic Riverside Church in Harlem’s MLK day celebration, SXSW Interactive Festival, The Semi Permanent conference in New Zealand and Saint Heron’s Roll Back Say That event in New Orleans. 

Cleo sits on the Creative Council of Emily’s List, the board of the National Black Theater in Harlem and was a National Surrogate for Hillary Clintons 2016 Presidential campaign, speaking and appearing on behalf of Hillary. Cleo is an ambassador for Women For Women International and is also avid supporter of Planned Parenthood and Free Arts, the non-profit creating arts programs for children from New York City’s underserved communities.

Cleo’s work is founded on the idea that art should not only be in the name of all people, but should serve all people, inspiring some of her larger scale public art installations including a 25-foot love poem in the skyline of the New Orleans French Quarter titled, "Respect", as well as her follow up piece titled, "She" created in collaboration with graffiti artist Brandon Odums, permanently installed on the face of a 50-foot warehouse building in New Orleans Bywater neighborhood. In the summer of 2017, Cleo created the "ARE YOU OK" project, a public booth for free peace, fun and loving conversation at the Hester Street Fair in New York City.

Other mediums of Cleo's art include drawing, painting, sculpture, and neon text.

Cleo has collaborated with brands such as Armani, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Coach, BALLY, Zero by Maria Cornejo, Ugg, Farfetch and most recently designed a line of dishware with the female owned Fish’s Eddy, debuting in summer of 2017.

In 2016, Cleo was named one of America’s 50 Most Influential Women on Marie Claire’s New Guard list, and was featured on the cover of New York Magazine’s The Cut in an article titled “Is Cleo Wade the Millennial Oprah?” She has also been featured by The New York Times, Vogue, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Teen Vogue, Vogue Italia, New York Magazine, Refinery 29, W Magazine, V Magazine, and People Magazine.

Cleo Wade was born and raised in New Orleans, and resides in New York City.


SOMETHING(INTERESTING)

VOGUE

MEET THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS SOCIALITES

Though she didn’t debut at the Crillon, let it not be said that the magnetic Wade, with her halo of curls and fantastical Valentino dresses, doesn’t make a grand entrance. With more than 200,000 Instagram followers, Wade, 28, has become the face of a new creative guard determined to use fashion to altruistic ends. She stands for specific causes—drawing attention to criminal-justice reform and putting an end to mass incarceration in the United States, for starters—as well as a broader agenda to promote change through positivity (Heart Talk, her debut self-help book, will be published in early 2018). “The people always have more power than the people in power,” says Wade, her tone at once personal and political. “I want to represent the people who feel they don’t have a voice. Activism is organized storytelling.” Glistening as she does in a Valentino dress (and on the arm of Senator Cory Booker), Wade has set herself up to be one very inspiring narrator.
— Vogue

BALLY X ELLE 

What's in her bag: "Post-its, my reading glasses, a good book, and a pen."

 

IS CLEO WADE THE MILLENIAL OPRAH?

On a humid Saturday last summer, a young woman with a halo of curls put on a white cotton dress and set up a booth at the Hester Street Fair in downtown Manhattan. She wasn’t selling artisanal jerky or hand-painted pottery — what she had on offer instead, as advertised by a bright-blue sign propped against a vase of yellow flowers, was “peaceful and loving conversation.” A banner above her head read ARE YOU OK? “Honestly, it was inspired by Lucy from Peanuts,” recalls Cleo Wade. “She’s an icon.
— New York Times

NY TIMES

 

SAINT HERON

WORD TO THE WOMAN: CLEO WADE

With typewriter in hand, Cleo Wade provokes positive feminity and raw honesty with her poetic scriptures. Consistently redefining her role within her creative landscape, Cleo represents the diversity and progression of artistry. Get a glimpse into Cleo Wade’s visual experience with video direction from Charlotte Hornsby for Word to the Woman below:
— Saint Heron
 

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