Cool Creative Women

Cléopatre Darleux, born 1 July 1989 in Mulhouse, is a French handball player and goalkeeper. She played for Pôle Espoir de Strasbourg (2003-2004) and then Besançon (2005-2006), and later in the capital club Issy-les-Moulineaux (2007-2009). She has also played with Metz Handball where she won sixteen championships in France. She is now the goalkeeper of Viborg HK, Denmark.


Sheila Escovedo (born 12 December 1957), known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American drummer and percussionist, perhaps best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr.

Born in California, Sheila E. is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. Sheila E’s uncle is Alejandro Escovedo. Tito Puente was Escovedo’s godfather. She is also niece to Javier Escovedo, founder of seminal San Diego punk act, The Zeros. Another uncle, Mario Escovedo, fronted long-running indie rockers, The Dragons. Escovedo is of Mexican, African-American and Creole heritage. Coke Escovedo, who was in Santana and formed the band Azteca, was also her uncle. Nicole Richie is Sheila E.’s biological niece. She made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on “Yesterday’s Dream” in 1976. By her early twenties she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. She also plays tuba and guitar. Prince met Sheila E. at a concert in 1978, when she was performing with her father. After the show, he met her and told her that he and his bassist “were just fighting about which one of us would be the first to be your husband”. He also prophetically vowed that one day she would join his band. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions. She provided vocals on the B-side to “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Erotic City” in 1984. Though taken under Prince’s wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right. In 1984 she scored hits with “The Glamorous Life” (#7 on the Hot 100), and “The Belle of St. Mark” (#34), the latter an NME ‘Single of the Week’. She opened for the Purple Rain tour and there was a segment where she would have a man called up on stage and seated in a chair while she sang “Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar” and teased him (similarly mirrored by Janet Jackson during the “Rope Burn” segment of her Velvet Rope Tour in 1998/99.) Around the same time, the collaborating duo began a brief romantic relationship, while Prince was still seeing Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of The Revolution band member, Wendy Melvoin.

In 1985, she released Romance 1600, scored another hit with the track “A Love Bizarre” (#11), and the non-album track “Holly Rock” made its way to live shows and into the film Krush Groove. She was also nominated for an American Music Award and a Grammy for “The Glamorous Life”. Sheila E. recorded three albums during the ’80s, The Glamorous Life, Romance 1600, and Sheila E.. She appeared in four films, Krush Groove with Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and Blair Underwood in 1985, Prince’s concert film, Sign ‘O’ the Times in 1987, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Chasing Papi in 2003. During the Sign o’ the Times, Black Album, and Lovesexy periods of Prince’s career (including the Lovesexy World Tour), Sheila E. served as his drummer and musical director in his backup band, dubbed The New Power Generation not long after her departure. During the Sign o’ the Times era, she released the single “Koo Koo” from her 3rd album Sheila E., which had Sign o’ the Times member Cat as a backup dancer in the accompanying video. Sheila E. also served as a writer and musician on many of Prince’s records, as well as on the albums of his protégés such as Madhouse.

After leaving the Prince organization in 1989, Sheila E. recorded a few more albums, Sex Cymbal, Writes of Passage, and Heaven. However, the albums garnered little attention. This was especially true in the case of Sex Cymbal, since Sheila E.’s health issues prevented her from touring in order to promote it. In 1996 she played in Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro’s live backup band. The show at Chiba Marine Stadium is available on DVD. In 1998 She played percussion on the Phil Collins cover of “True Colors”. In 2002 Sheila E. appeared on the Beyoncé Knowles song “Work It Out”. Sheila E. has performed three stints with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, in 2001, 2003, and 2006. Her drum “duets” with Starr are a moment of comic relief in the show, where they play the same parts but he quickly falls behind, shrugs and smiles as she takes off on an extended percussion solo. Says Sheila E.: “Ringo truly is one of the greatest rock n’ roll drummers in the history of music. He enjoys the joke!” She was also the leader of the house band on the short-lived late night talk show, the Magic Hour, starring Magic Johnson.

In 2004, Sheila E. toured New Zealand as drummer and percussionist for the Abe Laboriel Band. In 2004, Sheila E. was also featured on Tonex’s Gold Album OUT THE BOX on the song “Todos Juntos”. She also play drums on Cyndi Lauper’s hit album of standard covers, At Last. She played percussion on the song “Stay”. Sheila E. joined Lauper on a live version of that song on VH1 Divas. In 2005, Sheila E. was a surprise guest orchestrating a band, in Amerie’s “1 Thing” performances for The Lady Of Soul & World Music Awards. In February 2006, Sheila E. performed with Prince (and Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman) once again at the BRIT Awards. Sheila E. performed at the Sonoma Jazz Festival in 2006 as part of Herbie Hancock’s band featuring Larry Carlton, Terrence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She also performed at Prince’s One Nite Alone… Live! concert, Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas in 2003, 36th NAACP Image Awards in 2005, and on the Good Morning show in June 2006. In March 2007, she went on a small tour through Europe with her new band project called C.O.E.D. (Chronicles of Every Diva). C.O.E.D. consists of Sheila E., Kat Dyson, Rhonda Smith and Cassandra O’Neal. For several concerts she was joined by Candy Dulfer, who was billed as a special guest. She performed at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards with Juan Luis Guerra. She also performed at the ALMA (American Latin Music Awards) Awards in June 2007 with Prince, and on 7 July 2007 in Minneapolis with Prince. She performed at all three of his concerts: first, at Prince’s 3121 perfume launch at Macy’s, followed by the Target Center concert, and finally, at an aftershow at First Avenue. In October 2007, Sheila E. was a judge alongside Australian Idol judge and marketing manager Ian “Dicko” Dickson and Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik on the Fox network’s The Next Great American Band.

Sheila E. recently met with Prince on 29 March 2008, who sat in on (and played keyboard) on Sheila E.’s performance with her family at Harvelle Redondo Beach. On 9 April 2008, Sheila E. appeared on the Emmy winning program, Idol Gives Back. Shelia E. took part in the show opener “Get on Your Feet” with Gloria Estefan. Dance troupe, So You Think You Can Dance finalists joined them on stage. On 26 April 2008, Sheila E., along with Morris Day and Jerome Benton, performed with Prince at the Coachella Music Festival. From 2 to 6 May 2008, Sheila E. played four sold-out shows at Blue Note Tokyo in Japan. This is the most frequented jazz music club in Tokyo. On 14 June 2008, Sheila E. performed at the Rhythm on the Vine music and wine festival at the South Coast Winery in Temecula, California for Shriners Hospital for Children. She took the stage with the E Family, Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo. Other performers at the event were jazz musician Herbie Hancock, contemporary music artist Jim Brickman and Kirk Whalum. In February 2009, she was made an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority by the Eta Delta Chapter located at Howard University in recognition of her humanitarian efforts through and in music.

On 30 May 2009, Sheila E. and the E Family Band will once again take the stage to perform at Rhythm on the Vine at Gainey Vineyard in Santa Ynez, California for the Hot Latin Beats concert. Also to perform at the concert is Poncho Sanchez. On 13 December 2009, Sheila E. performed at the Deryck Walcott produced Christmas Jazz held at the Plantation Restaurant in Barbados. Sheila E. is the business partner of singer and former member of The Brides of Funkenstein, Lynn Mabry. They formed a foundation for abused children called the Elevate Hope Foundation. Sheila E. has collaborated many times with other artists, notably with Gloria Estefan for whom she played the timbales. Sheila E. first collaborated with Estefan on Estefan’s first Spanish language studio album Mi Tierra in 1993, and in 2007 with Estefan’s smash hit “No Llores” in which Estefan also collaborates with Carlos Santana and José Feliciano. She also is one fourth of the band C.O.E.D. (Chronicles of Every Diva), who as of 2008 are touring overseas and released a CD available in limited distribution or through her website. In 2009, Sheila E. won the CMT reality show, Gone Country. This gave her an opportunity to make country music aided by the country producer, writer, and singer John Rich. Sheila E.’s first song in the country market was “Glorious Train”. A video for the song debuted on CMT on 7 March 2009, following the airing of the episode of Gone Country in which Sheila E. was announced the winner.

Sheila E. performed at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on 15 August 2010 and she released an EP From E 2 U. It includes a song “Leader of the Band” written by Prince and it features Prince on piano. She toured on his 20Ten Tour and Welcome 2 America tours. In 2010, Sheila E joined forces with Avon as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, Avon’s first ever global, online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women. On 25 May 2011, she performed alongside Marc Anthony in the American Idol Season 10 finale. On 7 June 2011, she performed on The Late Show with David Letterman as a part of the show’s first “Drum Solo Week”. On 26 February 2012, she performed at the Academy Awards, playing the into and out of commercial segments. (via Wikipedia)

Working and at the same time add to a better world is something more people try to achieve these days. Patricia Rawecka is one of those people. She founded Gro Play & Design, a company with a vision to spread environmental knowledge amongst children to create a sustainable lifestyle. Playing for Change gives social entrepreneurs the possibility to put down time and energy they need to get their ideas to grow. And one person who has been taken under the wings of Playing For Change is Patricia Rawecka and her company Gro Play & Design.

“There´s no need for new products, rather the opposite.” says Patricia and talks about her company and the ideas that forms the foundation of the company.

She is 25 years old, lives in Stockholm and she is an engineer in technical design. Her company produces environmentally friendly puzzles, games and toys with the goal of creating environmental knowledge amongst children to create a sustainable lifestyle. Her toys learns children environmental knowledge in a simple and fun way. This idea grew during her studies in Hong Kong, when Patricia felt that she experienced “a frightning consumerculture”.

“I love Hong Kong with all its contrasts, a very inspiring place for a designer, but you find yourself in the heart of an extreme global westernworld consumption which exist in Sweden as well, but in Hong Kong it´s so obvious.” says Patricia.

The horror led to a frustration over the world that we live in. That led to a wish to create a sustainable alternative, a lifestyle that works in the long run. Thus, when it was time for her to design her own product, she found herself searching for what´s needed today. She found it after some time, and she aimed it at the ones who still can be changed and shaped. Children.

“Us grown ups are not that willing to change, we go about in your set patterns.” says Patricia. She comes not only up with the ideas, but she handles most things in the company, such as the illustrations in the puzzles and games.

“I started the company when I was a student and I didn´t have proper resources, so I do most stuff myself. One of the games exist as a phoneapp, to be part of what´s on today, but she says as well that the original structure and physical shape won´t change, only develop and grow.

Helena Ekholm (previously Helena Jonsson) (b. September 6, 1984) is a Swedish biathlete. She was born in Helgum, Sollefteå Municipality. She is the reigning world champion in pursuit. She also won the Women’s Biathlon World Cup in the 2008-09 season. She just won a gold medal and a bronze medal in the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk 2011.

Jonsson debuted in 2005 in Östersund in the relay, coming in 15th. In the following World Cup in Hochfilzen she participated in her first individual, coming in 41st. In early 2006 she participated in the Biathlon World Championships Mixed Relay event in 2006 in Pokljuka, coming in sixth. The 2006-07 Biathlon World Cup began very successfully for her. In the World Cup 3 in Hochfilzen, she came in fourth in the Individual, eighth in the Sprint, and was on the relay team which came in fifth. In the Biathlon World Championships 2007 in Antholz she continued her upward trend and placed fourth in the Sprint. As a high point she led the Swedish team to a gold medal in the mixed-relay. She celebrated her first World Cup victory in the 2006-07 Biathlon World Cup, the mass start in the final round at Khanty-Mansiysk. In the 2008-2009 season she won four more races, including the opening in Östersund where she won the individual race. In the 2009 World Championships in Pyeongchang Jonsson came from 5th place after the opening sprint to win the Pursuit. (via Wikipedia)

Inez Karlsson (Born April 4, 1983) was born in Gothenburg, Sweden is a jockey that rides on the Chicago circuit. She currently rides at Hawthorne Race Course and Arlington Park. She was at Tampa Bay Downs from December 2009-February 2010 riding there for a few months.

A boxer in her native Sweden, Inez also was involved training Standardbred horses before turning to Thoroughbreds and coming to North America. She made her debut at Arlington Park late in the 2007 meet and scored her maiden victory here in that meet’s waning days, with Team Block’s Death Valley on Sept. 12. After some success at the Fall 2007 Hawthorne meet, Inez was sidelined for some surgery and returned in time for the Spring 2008 meet there. After Hawthorne Race Course’s meet ended, she came to Arlington for her first full season in 2008 and became the first female rider in Arlington history to bag four wins on one card – completing that feat twice en route to honors as the meet’s leading apprentice rider. She finished fifth in the Arlington standings with 60 wins out of 466 mounts with earnings of $1,220,912. And 2008 was a breakout year for Inez as she finished 92nd in the national earnings title with 1,130 mounts with 161 victories with earnings of $3,026,454.

Capitalizing on her strong Arlington meet, she went back to Hawthorne for the Fall 2008 meet and captured that crown. She was named a finalist for the 2008 Eclipse as Outstanding Apprentice Jockey but finished second in that balloting. She was second in the 2009 winter/spring meet at Hawthorne. She finished fourth in the 2009 Arlington Park standings with 495 mounts with 66 victories with earnings of $1,450,399. For the national eaenings title she finished 93rd with 1,030 mounts with 150 victories with earnings of $2,917,328.

Sass & Bide is an Australian fashion label, internationally acclaimed and recognized for its quirkiness and over the top styling. It was founded by Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton in 1999. The label launched with innovative and unique denim designs. Within two years, the collection expanded into seasonal ready-to-wear. Evolving from an underground phenomenon in Australia, the label rapidly gained distribution in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Today, the collection offers two distinct ranges, sass & bide and s&b vie. They also have a recent spring/summer collection “cassie love”.

Sarah-Jane Clarke (a.k.a. Sass) and Heidi Middleton (a.k.a. Bide) first met in 1992, at their school, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School. They became best friends after dating two boys who were also best friends at the time. Eventually, they split from their boyfriends and travelled to London, best friends. Here, at the London Portebello Markets, they began by altering a single pair of jeans and selling it at their own stall. When the jeans sold out, they returned to Australia to start the label sass & bide together. The duo started the sass & bide label in 1999, following a stint in London. The name “sass & bide” was born by combining both of their nicknames.

In February of 2002 sass & bide had their first international show during London’s Fashion Week where the collection “Thumbelina” was launched. sass & bide went on to be the first Australian designers to be invited to show on schedule at New York Fashion Week where they have shown for 8 consecutive seasons.

By July of 2003 the label was stocked nationwide in David Jones in Australia, Bloomingdale’s in the United States, Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in the United Kingdom. The label launched their diffusion SS08 collection, ‘S&B VIE by sass & bide’ in 2008 at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and have just returned from the SS10 shows at London Fashion Week where they showed their ‘FUTUREGRAND’ collection. The show was their first in London in seven years. sass & bide currently have nine concept stores: three in Sydney, four in Melbourne, one in Adelaide, and one in Brisbane with talk of a London store to open in 2010.

Liselotte Watkins (Liselotte Britta Maj Watkins) born 23 july 1971, is a swedish Illustrator. Educated at The Art Institute in Dallas, USA. Lived in New York 1995-2000, and is now working in Sweden. During her 5 years in New York she worked for a number of clients and she illustrated weekly ads for The Barneys in New York Times, designed t-shirts for Anna Sui, ads for Bergdorf Goodman etc. Her fashionillustrations have been seen in every issue of the british Vogue Magazine since the beginning of 2001. She did the Pink Ribbon design 2010. She has as well an Absolut Vodka flavour named after her.

Patricia Urquiola (born 1961) is a Spanish architect and designer. Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) and now lives and works in Milan. She attended the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Madrid were she graduated in 1989 having done a thesis with Achille Castiglioni. From 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer on the courses held by Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli both at the Politecnico di Milano university and at the E.N.S.C.I. in Paris. Between 1990 and 1996 she worked for the new product development office of De Padova and with Vico Magistretti signed the products: “Flower”, “Loom sofa”, “Chaise” and “Chaise Longue”.

From 1993 to 1996 she had an associate practice with architects de Renzio and Ramerino and was engaged in architectural design, showrooms, restaurants and franchising (Maska/Italy, Tomorrowland Stores/Japan, Des Pres/France). In 1996 she became head of the Lissoni Associati design group, working for Alessi, Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell, and others. At the same time, on her own, she designed for B&B Italia, Bosa, De Vecchi, Fasem, Kartell, Liv’it, MDF Italia, Molteni & C., Moroso and Tronconi and designed stands and showroom for Knoll, Moroso, Sag 80, and Somma. She has greatly contributed to B&B Italia Outdoor, releasing three collections from 2007-2009: Canasta, Crinoline and Ravel.

Her products were selected for the Italian Design 2001 exhibition and for International Design Yearbook 1999 and 2001. In 2001 she was chair of the jury for the 19th CDIM Design Award and was lecturer in the Domus Academy. She is currently conducting her professional activity in her own studio in Milan in the field of design, exhibitions, art direction, and architecture. She was the inspiration behind the naming of Ulquiorra Cifer, a character on the anime series Bleach. (via Wikipedia)


Emma Johansson (born September 23, 1983 in Sollefteå) is a Swedish professional cyclist. She won the silver medal in the women’s road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics. After having finished second in the 2009 Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio and third in Ronde van Vlaanderen, she won the Ronde van Drenthe and took the overall lead of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup, a lead which she kept after another second place in La Flèche Wallonne Féminine. Emma Johansson is the second Swedish cyclist to have worn the UCI World Cup leader jersey, preceded only by Susanne Ljungskog.

Sarah McLeod (born 1978) is an Australian musician, the former frontwoman of rock band The Superjesus. She has three ARIA awards and over 300,000 record sales to her name (from her Superjesus days 1994-2004), and has been referred to as the “iconic Aussie rock chick”. In 2006, Sarah received publicity for her relationship and subsequent break-up with Chris Joannou of the band, Silverchair.

McLeod, originally from Adelaide in South Australia, started singing in her late teens. Coming from an expensive private religious girls’ high school (St Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School) and a planned career in stockbroking, and with only a few chords and a love of performance (discovered during a holiday with friends in Bali), she formed her first band, originally called “Hell’s Kitchen” which later became The Superjesus. McLeod released three albums and an EP with the Superjesus and after nearly ten years split with the band in 2004.

In 2005 McLeod launched her solo career, releasing her first single “Let’s Get Together” in May, followed by single “Private School Kid” (a duet with Chris Cheney from The Living End) in July. Her first solo album, titled Beauty Was A Tiger (Festival Mushroom Records), was released in September 2005. Sarah’s new backing band (known as The Black Diamond Express) consists of Stu Hunter (keyboards), Mick Skelton (drums), Patch Brown (guitar) and Grant Fitzpatrick (bass guitar). All the tracks on this album were written either by Sarah herself or with Chris Peters, bass player with Detroit band Electric Six. Following the release of “Private School Kid”, Sarah split with her record company. She went on to release the singles “All But Gone” as an independent EP, and “He Doesn’t Love You” which was also remixed. In October 2006, the remix of her single “He Doesn’t Love You” reached #1 on the Aria Club Charts, and has also been released in the UK.

In 2006, McLeod tried her hand at some solo acoustic gigs, which were so successful they culminated in a tour of Australia, playing some songs from Beauty Was A Tiger, some old Superjesus hits and a few covers. According to her recent interviews she feels she has really hit her stride and, in October 2006, she released a self titled CD of her new live & acoustic sound. McLeod is currently working on a follow up album that was slated for release in 2008. She spent much of 2007 and 2008 traveling in the United States and living in London where she has recorded songs for the album. Sarah first previewed a track titled “Love Will Conquer All” on MySpace in 2007. Since then, there have been various other tracks, demos and samples released on her MySpace profile including “Sometimes Love” and “No One’s Ever Died of a Broken Heart”. She has also mentioned various other songs in her blogs, In October 2008, Sarah stated that she was working on some new demos and added a cover of the song “Leaving on a Jetplane” to her profile. In November 2009 Sarah released the single Tell Your Story Walkin an electronic, New Wave sound of the 1980s music which has become a surprise hit in the club scene. The second single White Horse was a hit in clubs both in Australia and around the world.

In 2009 Sarah posted several demos on her MySpace profile including “Love to Last”, “No One’s Ever Died From a Broken Heart” and “Tell Your Story Walking”. Although she has not confirmed the songs for her album, she stated that she will continue to post more demos in the coming months. In July 2010, Sarah released some remixes from John Roman, Autoerotique and Grandtheft for her forthcoming single “Double R” which is slated for release in August. She also released her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”.

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