CLEO WADE

CLEO WADE

Published author and poet Cleo Wade embodies both the personal and outward expression of FORCE IS FEMALE, and is a FORCE in and of herself. Read more about her and get her short-but-profound poems customized on AF1, exclusively at Nike Soho.

 

In a busy city like New York, everyone is a multitasker. Athletes are fashion icons, Entrepreneurs are DJs. Cleo Wade is a best-selling author, a poet, a fitness enthusiast, and a writer. With more time to spare, more titles could be generated, but at her core, Cleo Wade is a woman who stands for empowering other women to be themselves.

Published author and poet Cleo Wade embodies both the personal and outward expression of FORCE IS FEMALE, and is a FORCE in and of herself. Read more about her and get her short-but-profound poems customized on AF1, exclusively at Nike Soho.

 

In a busy city like New York, everyone is a multitasker. Athletes are fashion icons, Entrepreneurs are DJs. Cleo Wade is a best-selling author, a poet, a fitness enthusiast, and a writer. With more time to spare, more titles could be generated, but at her core, Cleo Wade is a woman who stands for empowering other women to be themselves.

When we asked her about how important it is to leave her own mark on the world, she replied with a story that rendered the question unnecessary “I recently went to a friend’s 100th birthday party”. Cleo tells us. “he said, it doesn’t matter about your legacy — the most important thing to do in life is be good to others”.

When we asked her about how important it is to leave her own mark on the world, she replied with a story that rendered the question unnecessary “I recently went to a friend’s 100th birthday party”. Cleo tells us. “he said, it doesn’t matter about your legacy — the most important thing to do in life is be good to others”.

Cleo Wade’s poetry is known for its direct approach to complex internal ideals and standards. Often a smattering of 10-20 words type-written on paper or hand-written by herself, her words speak to a new generation’s ailments and internal struggles. “I want women to understand that there are glass ceilings all around them, and we have to break them down for the next generation”.

 

With such few words to explain such prevalent topics, it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that in a city of 9 million, her inspiration is simply “people”. “I am mostly inspired by people. People make change. People make peace. People are so much more powerful than I think they’d like to think”.

Cleo Wade’s poetry is known for its direct approach to complex internal ideals and standards. Often a smattering of 10-20 words type-written on paper or hand-written by herself, her words speak to a new generation’s ailments and internal struggles. “I want women to understand that there are glass ceilings all around them, and we have to break them down for the next generation”.

 

With such few words to explain such prevalent topics, it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that in a city of 9 million, her inspiration is simply “people”. “I am mostly inspired by people. People make change. People make peace. People are so much more powerful than I think they’d like to think”.

As it goes, you can easily find yourself in a rough patch in NYC — and it can be tiring to dust yourself off and pick yourself back up. Cleo offers some advice that she would tell her 12-year-old self. “I would tell her everything turn out OK. And you actually end up making a living by not fitting in! I’d also tell my 12 year old self to really cherish being unique and being unlike everybody else. It’s important”. She also offers a much broader take on the state of sisterhood today: “I think we are moving away from the competition generation, and we are moving into the collaboration generation”.

 

And in the spirit of collaboration, she offers one last bit of advice before leaving her East Village apartment. “A famous African saying goes like this — If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.

As it goes, you can easily find yourself in a rough patch in NYC — and it can be tiring to dust yourself off and pick yourself back up. Cleo offers some advice that she would tell her 12-year-old self. “I would tell her everything turn out OK. And you actually end up making a living by not fitting in! I’d also tell my 12 year old self to really cherish being unique and being unlike everybody else. It’s important”. She also offers a much broader take on the state of sisterhood today: “I think we are moving away from the competition generation, and we are moving into the collaboration generation”.

 

And in the spirit of collaboration, she offers one last bit of advice before leaving her East Village apartment. “A famous African saying goes like this — If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.

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