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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'.
Holly Bird was born in Rochford in Essex, England. She attended Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, before becoming a communicator in the New Zealand Police in 2009. Following her return to the United Kingdom, Bird became a member of the UK Police Service in 2013. Also a martial artist, Bird became a British kickboxing champion at the World Fight Sport and Martial Arts Council Championships in 2016. She holds a black belt in Shotokan karate, and is a qualified instructor.