Galore Mag brought us the first-ever Girl Cult event on Sunday, August 20th. A solid 11+ hours were dedicated to an extra-long lineup of extraordinary females inside (and on top of) Hollywood’s historic Fonda Theatre. There were panels, performances, and Skinny B*tch pizzas, so you know everyone had a good time!
The day started with a few one-on-ones with select artists and Margie Plus, who hosted the show in a hot pink skirt set and highlighter-hued hair. Even though we semi-cooked under the sun in front of the outdoor stage, listening to Debby Ryan open up about day-to-day experiences with her career, success, and anxiety gave us deep feels.
YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous encouraged the crowd to share our stories with the world: “It’s a great way to turn people’s minds around!" Gorgeous said. The Queens of Social Influence also shared their views on how social media can be used as something positive.
Rocky Barnes said, “I love to interact with people on social when I travel," adding that she learns as much from her followers as they learn from her. Muay Thai fighter and model, Mia Kang is all about Twitter and Instagram Live, as it gives her fans a chance to see that she’s just a real person like the rest of us. It’s no surprise that Chrissy Teigen is one of Kang’s biggest inspirations, purely for the fact that she has a dgaf attitude and also keeps it real 24/7. Australian singer Alli Simpson also raved about going live on social, explaining that there’s something raw and authentic about it.
Eager to find shade and a cold coconut water, we dipped indoors just in time to catch performances on the Goddess main stage. Quiñ rolled out in a sheer floor-length leopard robe by Laina Raum and a crystal bralette from Lace by Tanaya, and prompted us to look out for her new project, Dreamgirl, at the end of September. We got you, girl!
Justine Skye brought all of the energy with her music and mystically long locks. She doesn’t call herself "The Purple Unicorn" for nothing! “Shout out to friends who support friends," Justine said mid-set. We’re guessing she was shouting out gal pals Jordyn Woods and Kendall Jenner–who, yes, were in the building.
Skipping a warm-up all together, singer/songwriter Diana Gordon dove straight into her performance with a surprise cover of Beyoncé’s “Daddy Lessons," a song that she co-wrote with the Queen. Gordon said this year is all about bringing her family closer together. After her brother was missing for 18 years, she randomly ran into him on the streets of New York, proving that you should never lose your faith.
Before the night ended, we hit the roof one more time to snatch up some pizza and people watch. Pretty much everyone was wearing a banging outfit–Emmalyn’s red chap and chain look was so dope! Shaun Ross, Corey Wash, Karrueche, Yara Shahidi, Ashlee Simpson Ross, Evan Ross, and Jaden Smith circled throughout the crowd, all there to celebrate the empowerment of women.
While we’re on the topic of Girl Power, no one else spreads this message more than Tyra Banks and Kimora Lee Simmons, who both held panels late in the evening. Simmons brought both daughters, Ming and Aoki, along for the discussion, and didn’t hold back when it came to advice. “Always protect yourself when other people will not! Be your biggest supporter,” the model/designer/businesswoman told the room. Even Aoki chimed in, “We are very deserving of everything we achieve.” Aoki also threw in a social tip for everyone: Comment on other’s posts and always support one another… girls you know, and girls you don’t.
Miss Tyra had business-woman level advice for us as well: Everybody wants to be their own boss these days, but in order to do that and take it to the next level, she says that you have to work with somebody who has the career that you want. Also, don’t be afraid of the cold-call letter or email, just keep it to 5 sentences or less. Oh, and who’s a younger girl who inspires her? Willow Smith, because she’s a leader and not a follower. Word.
Full disclosure, it was tough to catch all of the acts at Girl Cult, and honestly, every single one of them was worth seeing! Since this is the first go-round for the event, it’s exciting to see what the next one will bring. The mix of styles, backgrounds, ethnicities, and talent made it feel like every kind of woman (and guy) was represented. To be surrounded by so many successful females proved one major thing... get a bunch of us girls together under one roof and we’ll tear that mother down! Just watch.
Photos by: Christina Choi