About the author
Florence Given is an illustrator and social activist who, through her artwork, addresses social issues with unique and playful illustrations. Hailed by Rita Ora as a “Feminist and incredibly empowering artist”, Florence’s work confronts the ignorance of people’s oppressive attitudes towards women and their bodies and uses her platform to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexuality, consent, race and gender.
In 2018, Florence launched a petition to cancel Netflix’s controversial, fat-shaming series, ‘Insatiable’ which gained over 236,000 signatures in a matter of days. An advocate for bodily autonomy and challenger of toxic societal beauty standards, Florence felt a responsibility to use her platform to insight change. The story became global news and Florence appeared on several News networks across the US and UK as well as being interviewed for various publications including Huffington Post and Grazia.
Florence promotes her messaging through her own line of t-shirts and prints which encourage women to boldly express their sexuality and identity. 2018 Love Islander, Megan Barton-Hansen, whose occupational history proudly includes stripping and glamour modelling, wore Florence’s tee which read ‘Stop Valuing Women Based on Their Sexual History’ to her Good Morning Britain appearance drawing yet more attention to Florence and her work.
Florence has collaborated with Rita Ora, designing the merchandise for Rita’s Girls Tour in May 2018 and in Autumn of the same year, H&M owned Swedish fashion brand, Weekday, asked her to design a limited edition t-shirt. Sold in store and online, the entire collection sold out in under an hour. The sellout tee’s slogan read “WE DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY”. Inclusivity in the fashion industry is a big part of what Florence advocates for in her work, and as part of the campaign she hosted an in-store event on Regent Street and personally provided free tee’s for girls over a size 20.
Floss is currently working on her first book.
Photo credit: Ava Fersi.