CCBOSS

(/si/ /si/ /bôs/)
noun

1. A women/femme that creats a raw connection to others by opening themselves up - good, bad or ugly.

2. Someone whose bravery comes not from lack of fear but from the need to keep going in spite of it.

Jennuine Paniagua

Undeniably Intuned

Jennuine’s soul + connectivity to the world around her is
unparallelled. She lives in the moment + creates her destiny with
her openness and magnetism.

“Being bipolar... [I] held do much resentment, ‘cause I felt like
nobody really understood me... And growing up I had to
understand that was okay.”

Read Jenn’s Story

Kiara Marshall

Undeniably Resilient

Intent on creating space for all abilities + inclusivity in the fashion
world,Kiara models for national campaigns but knows the work doesn’t end there. Kiara also teaches art to pre teen girls as a medium for confidence, self esteem and
as a stress management tool.

Read Kiara's Story

Alexis Barad-Cutler

Undeniably Unfiltered

As the founder of not safe for mom group (NSFMG), Alexis is truly
rewriting the motherhood narrative by creating intimate spaces
where women feel open to being vulnerable + supported even in their
rawest moments.

Read Alexis's Story

Natalie Amrossi

Undeniably Adventurous

“Misshattan” is now synonymous with aerial NYC photography.
Her work has been featured all over the city + the world for clients
ranging from Jaguar to entire countries.

Read Natalie's Story

Simone Henault

Undeniably Unafraid

“The feeling of being an outlier was magnified even more...
[Birmingham is] just more racially divided. I grew up understanding
people are comfortable with what they know + don’t have any desire
to operate outside of that.”

Read Simone's Story

Amanda Rice

Undeniably Fierce

In 2017, New Yorker Amanda Rice found herself having
to choose between life-saving chemotherapy + having children.
Now, she works to make ensure no other woman will ever
have to compromise.

Read Amanda's Story

Your Stories

Madeline Torres

“Growing up Latina in the Bronx, as early as I can remember, probably 5 or 6 years old, I had this infatuation with owning a piece of jewelry with my name on it. It was a trend back in the 90’s, I’d see girls with their names on hoop earrings, rings, necklaces, etc. And they would ”rock” their names so proud, confident, and beautiful. I wanted that, I wanted to own, own my name and who I am.”

Follow Maddy @hereismaddy

Vickee Vee

“This necklace is more than just a piece of jewelry to me, it symbolizes a new chapter in my life - a chapter where I get to choose my path, where I am the BOSS & where I get to be the best version of ”Vickee VEE.”

Follow Vickee @veryvickee

Kiara Marshall

“I’m feeling so empowered in my new yellow gold Boobs necklace - to me it represents: Being delicate and sensitive but being fierce anyway. Being censored and governed but fighting back anyway. Being labeled and judged but boldy loving my body ANYWAY.”

Follow Kiara @naturallykiara

C+C x Pregnantish

#ccboss Jennuine

Jennuine

#UndeniablyIntuned
“I like to live spontaneously”

When Founder of Cut + Clarity, Mariana, met Jennuine, it felt like
nothing short of a divine encounter. Mariana shares her experience:

I was walking through the Subway, about to head to the Diamond District, when - on the opposite platform - there was THIS VOICE. It was angelic, it was warm and inviting, nostalgic and tender and it pulled me right towards it. There, I first saw Lizzie; adorable and fully self aware of her five-year-old self, watching the woman that the voice was coming from.

I was overcome and had to know her.

The first time we hung out, it was just like when you see an old friend whose friendship is that perfect fit and allows you to pick up right where you left off. We talked about being moms, skincare, boys and how our natal charts affect how we see the world and the world sees us. And that's when it started. We immediately were brainstorming and talking about a new collection.

One that takes the fact that everyone is as different as the stars themselves, and shows just how everyone's stars align. Jennuine's soul and connectivity to the world around her is beautiful. She is open and creates possibilities with her openness. Watch the video to see more.

Read below and see how Jennuine is #UndeniablyInTuned
JENNUINE @jennyouen

C+C: How did being featured on Humans of New York impact you?

Jennuine: Being featured there validated my experience, not only as a creative, but as a mother, in many ways. Because, I not only birthed a child but I birthed dreams, and I birthed experiences and I birthed so many emotions within myself.

C+C: What is the best decision you ever made?

Jennuine: The best decision I've ever made was to be stubborn. Because, from a young age I never let anyone define me. I've always just defined myself through experience and through listening to myself.

C+C: What was a life experience that helped shape you?

Jennuine: Having patience and I acquired that through my pregnancy. Being so sick for such a long time, I had an unlimited amount of patience because I never wanted my daughter to feel like any of my illnesses [were] her fault. Because fetuses can feel that, they can feel that energy.


C+C: When or where have you been the happiest?

Jennuine: There are so many different colors of happiness!

C+C: What advice would you give your younger self?

Jennuine: To always listen to myself. Even though I did do that, there are certain voices in my head - you know, being bipolar always in my life I neverunderstood why there were so many polarities. And so I was always mad at myself forthat and held so much resentment, 'cause I felt like nobody really understood me, nobody really was on the same wave as me. And growing up I had to understand that was okay.

C+C: Fill in the blank "I am ___________ enough!"

Jennuine: Wise.

#ccboss kiara

Kiara Marshall

#UndeniablyResilient
“I definitely pull from my past experiences”

One hot and muggy 4th of July evening near Austin, TX, 10 year old Kiara Marshall was just another kid enjoying the fireworks and day’s festivities. Little did she know that evening would forever change the course of her life. While sitting on the hood of her uncle’s car with her friends, a drunk driver spun out of control, crashing into their car and pinning her legs between the two vehicles.

The accident severed one of her legs completely and her second leg was saved by the surgeons and many surgeries that transpired through the course of her almost 12 month hospital stay. Kiara’s physical and mental healing would eventually take years.

“I wouldn’t say I fully recovered until I was in my early 20s. That’s when I started to fully accept my disability and really embrace it.... I knew that there was a purpose for me somewhere, that this all happened for some reason.”

Now, Kiara works as a fashion model representing inclusivity as well as with pre-teen girls teaching art as a medium for confidence, self esteem and as a stress management tool.


When we met Kiara, we were immediately enveloped by her gentle demeanor however, her fighting spirit was front and center. Kiara decided she was going to embrace what makes her different and never hide who she is. I was overcome and had to know her.

The first time we hung out, it was just like when you see an old friend whose friendship is that perfect fit and allows you to pick up right where you left off. We talked about being moms, skincare, boys and how our natal charts affect how we see the world and the world sees us. And that's when it started. We immediately were brainstorming and talking about a new collection.

One that takes the fact that everyone is as different as the stars themselves, and shows just how everyone's stars align. Jennuine's soul and connectivity to the world around her is beautiful. She is open and creates possibilities with her openness. Watch the video to see more.

Read below and see how Kiara is #UndeniablyResilient
NATURALLY KIARA @naturallykiara

C+C: One word to best describe you?

Kiara: Resilient.

C+C: What is the best decision you ever made?

Kiara: When I decided I didn’t want to wear pants anymore. I told my prosthetist (the guy that makes my legs) - before I would get the foam cover so that it would match my real leg - I told him that for my new leg I didn’t want that. I just wanted a plain, hard cover, allblack, so that it would stand out. When I first got it i was like, “What the heck did I just do?” I couldn’t give it back, I have to wear it. I didn’t wear it for a couple weeks, and finally I told myself, “I have to wear it, I asked for it.” And i think that’s what brought on confidence. That one little thing changed my life.

C+C: What is the worst decision you ever made?

Kiara: Doubting myself. I didn’t give things enough time to actually set roots down and give things a chance.
C+C: When or where have you been the happiest?

Kiara: Honestly, here, in New York. This past year, living here, has been the happiest time in my life.

C+C: What advice would you give your younger self?

Kiara: To just breathe. Relax. It is going to be okay.

C+C: Fill in the blank "I am ___________ enough!"

Kiara: GOOD Enough!

#ccboss alexis

Alexis Barad-Cutler

#UndeniablyUnfiltered
“i think it took me a little longer than most to find my groove…”

They say becoming a mother is the best thing that will ever happen to you. They say that the first second you see your baby’s face you will instantly fall in love and live happily ever after in motherhood bliss. But what happens when after 9 months of nurturing this baby in your womb, prepping a nursery, changing your life and anticipating their birth, you look at your baby and think, “My baby is trying to kill me.” When Alexis Barad-Cutler realized she couldn’t relate to any of the warm and fuzzy feelings mom blogs talk about, she felt ashamed and alone.

Having Postpartum Depression (PPD) was one of the darkest periods in my life -- and since I was experiencing it while all my peers seemed to be enjoying the magical newness of motherhood -- I felt like a monster.


As the founder of Not Safe For Mom Group (NSFMG), Alexis is truly rewriting the motherhood narrative by creating intimate spaces where women feel open to being vulnerable, and supported even in their rawest moments.

Yes [motherhood] is beautiful. Yes it’s glowey. But also, there’s THIS. Together, we can create a new narrative of motherhood. [One that is] more inclusive of lots of things and lots of different experiences.

Alexis is a storyteller, speaker, digital content creator and author.

Read below and see how Alexis is #UndeniablyUnfiltered
ALEXIS BARAD-CUTLER @notsafeformomgroup / @alexisbaradcutler

C+C: One word to best describe you?

Alexis: Resilient.

C+C: What is the best decision you ever made?

Alexis: To quit the medical school path I thought I had to pursue, and follow my passions into the writing world. It was only supposed to be a “mental health break”, but I ended up falling in love with editing, and the world of publishing. If I hadn’t trusted my instinct on that, it would have taken me a long time to land where I am today – or I might not have found my way to doing what I love at all.

C+C: What is the worst decision you ever made?

Alexis: To not enlist or accept any help when I had my first son. I was living far from friends and my immediate family, and ended up having an emergency c-section, and my husband had to go back to work a week after I got home from the hospital. It was a really horrible time, and the lack of support contributed greatly to my developing postpartum depression.

C+C: When or where have you been the happiest?

Alexis: I am the absolute happiest when I’m reading to my boys at night, cuddled in my oldest son’s bed, with my youngest resting his little head on my shoulder. 

There is no better place to be than near my children, at the end of a full day, and seeing them be riveted by a book. I love knowing that they are developing a love of stories and storytelling. It is also nice that even though my oldest enjoys reading to himself, he still wants me to be near him before he falls asleep and hear me read to him.

C+C: What advice would you give your younger
self?

Alexis: I’d tell myself to try to enjoy moments more, and not do so much “preparing”. I’ve lost so many good moments to the “getting ready” for them part, making sure that they are perfect, or that I’m adequately prepared for every possible thing that could happen. If I could go back and just say to take it easy, go with the flow, and just be in a moment, instead of trying to advance-manage it, that’s what I would do.

C+C: Fill in the blank "I am ___________ enough!"

Alexis: I’m leaving the blank, blank. I am enough. I’ve wasted too much time in my life trying to be “everything”, and trying to be “more than” enough. I am extremely self-critical, and easily go to places of self-blame and shame. If I fall short of perfect, then I feel like a failure. Of course, this is an unattainable way to be. So, I’ve been doing a lot of work these past few years on being OK with where I am, whatever that place happens to be.

#ccboss misshattan

Natalie Amrossi

#UndeniablyAdventurous
“I like to live spontaneously”

It was the morning after an all-night photoshoot for a major car company. Natalie was at JP Morgan working and all she could think about were those photos she had just finished taking. She didn’t have her camera, there were edits to be done and she wanted to do them right then. She couldn’t wait. The overwhelming urge to work on her passion project couldn’t wait any longer. She got up, methodically walked over to her supervisor and said “I quit."

Being a woman navigating the NYC finance world was one thing, now she dove head first and was about to experience a whole new world of male executives, clients and other photographers. Natalie, didn’t know if she would succeed, but she knew dedicating her life to photography was what she needed to do.

Misshattan is now synonymous with aerial NYC photography. Her work has been featured all over the city and the world for clients ranging from Jaguar to entire countries. The adventurous woman who left JP Morgan and never looked back is one of the best known aerial photographers in the world.

During a recent short stop in NYC, she took the time to be on the other side of the lens for a photoshoot and interview with Cut + Clarity. As one of the first people to receive our Mini Name Necklace, we love that Misshattan is forever a #CCboss.


Read below and see how Natalie is #UndeniablyAdventurous
NATALIE AMROSSI @misshattan

C+C: What is the best decision you ever made?

Misshattan: The best decision I have ever made was to leave my full-time job at JP Morgan to pursue my photography career

C+C: What is the worst decision you ever made?

Misshattan: Not always giving myself the focus and attention i need for what i'm passionate about. i've always been preoccupied in either a relationship or work or something else.

C+C: When or where have you been the happiest?

Misshattan: I am definitely happiest right now mainly because I get to travel and meet so many incredible people.

C+C: What advice would you give your younger
self?

Misshattan: Keep trying don't stop - the more you try the more you will make.

C+C: Fill in the blank "I am ___________ enough!"

Misshattan: Good enough.

#ccboss simone

Simone Fide

#UndeniablyUnafraid
“life begins at the edge of your comfort zone." 

Growing up biracial in a traditional southern town like New Orleans, Simone never felt she truly belonged. Finally, comfortable and in her groove when in High School, Hurricane Katrina hits and decimated her once safe place. Flooding her home with over 8 feet of water, Simone and her family are forced to move to Birmingham Alabama and like many others, forced to leave all their comforts and belongings behind.

“The feeling of being an outlier was magnified even more… [Birmingham is] just more racially divided. I grew up understanding people are comfortable with what they know and don’t have any desire to operate outside of that. Perhaps my purpose in being in those situations is to show people something else. Even if for a small moment in time”

These discomforts and struggles are part of Simone’s journey and have continually pushed her to be the best version of herself. Instead of retreating, Simone, unafraid of what lurks around the corner, has harnessed her power and owned her discomfort. 


Read below our interview and see why Simone is #UndeniablyUnafraid
SIMONE HENAULT @monafide

C+C: One word to best describe you?

Simone: Invested. Invested in my friends, family and the things that I do.

C+C: What is the best decision you ever made?

Simone: I had the opportunity to spend a month in Bali last summer. This was definitely a pivotal moment in my life coming off of a family tragedy and not knowing if I was going to stay in New York. I find that traveling alone is one of the most exhilarating and special experiences you can have. It allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, face challenges head on, and really reflect on the kind of woman I am and want to be.

C+C: What is the worst decision you ever made?

Simone: Not taking more risk and traveling more while I was younger out of fear of not using my time wisely. 

As I got older I realized that traveling is the greatest gift and one of the most amazing experiences you could ever give yourself.

C+C: When or where have you been the happiest?

Simone: "..work and art are and should be intrinsically linked ways of life. I’m happiest when successfully living that mantra."

C+C: What advice would you give your younger
self?

Simone: Don’t invest in people that don’t invest in you.

C+C: Fill in the blank "I am ___________ enough!"

Simone: EMPOWERED Enough

#ccboss amanda

Amanda Rice

#UndeniablyFierce
“as hard as this is, it is the best thing i’ve ever done” 

When options are limited, make your own

What if you had to choose between life-saving chemotherapy and having children before you even were out of your 30's? In 2017, New Yorker Amanda Rice found herself facing this dilemma. Now, she works to make ensure no other woman will ever have to compromise.