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200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
Alexandra Paul was born in New York City, USA. She began her acting career at age eighteen and became internationally recognised for her role as Stephanie Holden in the television series Baywatch. Paul has become a dedicated environmental and animal rights activist, and advocates on the issue of overpopulation. She has been arrested for civil disobedience several times, including while advocating on behalf of nuclear disarmament and protesting the 2003 Iraq War. She is the twin sister of Caroline Paul (featured).