Meet the More-Than-Pretty Faces of NYC's Pussy Power Nightlife Movement

Because girls just wanna have fun without getting harassed.
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Because girls just wanna have fun without getting harassed.

I dabble in nightlife more so than go out often theses days, and one of the reasons for that is because I've learned to only support people that are worthy, and not every NYC party is the coolest. It's true—so if you are a bright eyed 22-year-old thinking of moving here to party, I'll tell you to try another city, because nightlife in NYC is pretty crappy these days, especially for anyone female or queer-identifying.

To truly enjoy myself, I have to feel safe and at ease, knowing that if I'm treated inappropriately at an establishment, I'll be supported by management; but too often, the opposite is true, and perpetrators get away with it. When I go to a bar and don't see a healthy mix of characters, I feel out of place. When I go to a rooftop lounge that doesn't allow hats or sneakers, I never go again because hats, sneakers, "du rags" XXL T-shirts, bandanas, sagged pants, and any manner of BS you will see posted outside of an establishment means one thing only: nobody we don't want here. Whoever "we" means and whatever that stands for, I'm over it. 

In 2015, women are still so behind, even in this category. Our presence at a bar is coveted and cherished, but only if we are of a certain age, style, and body type. And don’t get too drunk, party girl, or you might find yourself with "regrettable decisions to regret." F that noise. 

For this reason, two babely babes I know put together something for "us"—us being anyone who is a girl or down with girls. 

Pussy Power is the hip-hop equivalent of a Riot Grrrl show, with beautiful women on hand to have fun and let loose in a safe space.

Maria, who takes my pics these days, came with me to a Pussy Power party to photograph 13 gorgeous humans (plus us) who are saying "eff your ladies night—we do us!" Created and curated by DJ Alanna Raben, and hosted by Ebone Johnson (aka Vanity Zo, who is a professional dancer and rapper in the group KIIN), Pussy Power takes the pressure of douchey dudes out of the experience. You can dance in peace knowing that shenanigans won't be tolerated. Men are welcome to party, but not welcome to be creeps; kind of like the real world, only enforced by sisterhood and the fear of our extremely long and pointy nails.

Here are 13 babes of Pussy Power, which you can check out if you are in NYC; sometimes the party moves around, but this coming Wednesday, it will be at Baby’s All Right on Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I asked these babes to tell me who they are, what they do and why they think nightlife needs more PUSSY POWER!

Alanna Raben aka "That's so Raben," and chichi of #axelandcheyenne

Alanna Raben aka "That's so Raben," and chichi of #axelandcheyenne

Anyone can create an event, but when you create a movement that people can get behind, that is power. That is what I like to call pussy power. With only a handful of women headlining events in the nightlife scene, I took a very special interest in creating ones that were heavily female-oriented. 

My mom always taught me when you want to do something and the opportunity is not presented to you, find a way to make the opportunity present itself. And that is exactly what I did. I rounded up my best girlfriends and created my own opportunities “for girls, by girls." The goal is to provide a platform for female and female-oriented artists to empower themselves. “For girls, by girls” is message that we started with and the message that we continue to spread every day. - Alanna "That's so Raben" Raben  

Brigette Muller - beauty collector /  Anne Davidson - yoga instructor

Brigette Muller - beauty collector /  Anne Davidson - yoga instructor

Because women are goddesses... and Alanna plays that shit that you just can't not dance to. - Brigette Mueller

Because it brings a women's collective together in a powerful and fun way that includes all different kinds of people. It's where you come for acceptance and to dance your own unique beat. - Anne Davidson

Janna Dombrowski / Cheylene Sharkeye - bike messenger, music creator, beauty maker, picture taker

Janna Dombrowski / Cheylene Sharkeye - bike messenger, music creator, beauty maker, picture taker

NO TIME IS A GOOD TIME WITHOUT EQUALITY! - Jenna Dombrowski

I have always been active in male-dominated scenes ... as a musician I have always felt the strain of the inequality. The Pussy Power party shows what we are really capable of without the veil of some guy's party we have been booked to play. WE'RE NOT JUST PRETTY FACES. - Cheylene Sharkeye 

Ciana "Mowgli" Nkuruh - "want to be artist as I moonlight as a juvenile delinquent" / Hillery Delmanowski - model 

Ciana "Mowgli" Nkuruh - "want to be artist as I moonlight as a juvenile delinquent" / Hillery Delmanowski - model 

Daisha - Recording artist and entertainer / Rena - musician

Daisha - Recording artist and entertainer / Rena - musician

In an industry where men dominate, I love to see when women display their power and support each other. - Daisha 

Supporting and uplifting women in the industry is so important to dismantle the sexist structure that is still so prevalent. I tell myself every day: I can do anything just as well—or even better—than a man, all while wearing eight-inch stiletto heels. It's important for other girls to know that they can, too! - Rena

Mia - Photographer / Mike Carrera aka Aklo - Videographer and Director **Mike may not have a vagina, but he supports Pussy Power and has incredible hair, so...**

Mia - Photographer / Mike Carrera aka Aklo - Videographer and Director **Mike may not have a vagina, but he supports Pussy Power and has incredible hair, so...**

I think, in general, nightlife needs to go back to being about FUN without the judgement, pettiness, and current need to stunt online instead of being out and having a good time. Girls need to come together and just dance. - Mia Penaloza

Ebone Simone Johnson - Professional dancer, choreographer, recording artist of the rap duo KIIN and BIRTHDAY BABY! 

Ebone Simone Johnson - Professional dancer, choreographer, recording artist of the rap duo KIIN and BIRTHDAY BABY! 

There is nothing more empowering than a group of women spreading love and good vibes. I mean, come on. Who honestly would complain about the wide ratio of women versus a sausage fest? Women kick ass! - Ebone Simone Johnson aka Vanity Zo

Nelleke - DJ and artist/Katie K Rex - "I'm a DJ & event producer by night and recovering goth kid by day"

Nelleke - DJ and artist/Katie K Rex - "I'm a DJ & event producer by night and recovering goth kid by day"

There’s too many dicks ;) - Nelleke

Women in nightlife—it's the same as any other creative scene or business model. We're there, we've always been there, but our voices aren't always heard, and our wages aren't anywhere near the same. I created a lifestyle brand, "Factory Girls," that celebrates femininity as empowerment regardless of gender, and our events draw everyone from queerdos to macho men to international musicians. People are finally celebrating the girls. Groups like Pussy Power, Factory Girls, Discwoman, and Witches of Bushwick continue to make being female identified in nightlfe celebrated! - Katie K Rex

Jadée "Fly Gyal" Nikita  - professional dancer, model, actress / MEEEEE

Jadée "Fly Gyal" Nikita - professional dancer, model, actress / MEEEEE

Where else can you mix and mingle with the flyest women in NY? - Jadée "Fly Gyal" Nikita

What a bunch of fly babes! I appreciate the proximity of this party to my home and my heart. It’s an inspiration that women and people who identify as women have to carve out these safe spaces from the broader nightlife world. There's even photobooths, vendor stalls, and nail art from time to time. 

It’s not easy to be female in a big city, we have to stick together, and babes that party together (safely) make the climate just a little more hospitable for each wave of fresh faces bb’s who deserve that and more.

  • Where do women get together for a little booty shaking in your neck of the woods? 
  • Will you be stopping by Pussy Power if you’re in town?

Photos by Maria Penaloza