OUR THEME WAS "THE SKIN I'M IN"
Team 20: Jennie Runk is a model and LGBTQ advocate represented by JAG Models in New York. A plus-size model & proud member of the LGBTQ community, Jennie is passionate about inclusion & empowerment for all people, as exemplified by her modeling work in the H&M summer swimwear campaign, commentary as star of the Straight/Curve documentary, & role devising and performing in 'The Sex Myth'.
Team 30: Yael Stone is an Australian actress. She has appeared in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, HBO's High Maintenance, the detective thriller Deep Water, and the upcoming Amazon series Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Team 40: Originally from Atlanta, Shalewa Sharpe’s comedy has made such an impact in New York City that Time Out NY has labeled her a “local fixture.” In May 2016, her debut album, “Stay Eating Cookies,” was released on Rotknee Presents Records; it can be found on iTunes & Spotify.
Team 50: Marina Budhos is a fiction and nonfiction author whose most recent books are Watched, Tell Us We're Home, Ask Me No Questions, and Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism. A professor of English at William Paterson University, she was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Finalist and received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for Women Writers.
Team 60: Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You, Is This Tomorrow, Cruel Beautiful World and eight other novels. A book critic for People and the San Francisco Chronicle, she is the recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and was a finalist in both the Nickelodeon Screenwriter Fellowship and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Team 70: Barbara Collins Bowie was born in 1947 Jackson, Mississippi where she became involved with the Civil Rights movement at the age of 13. Barbara is a Retired Social Worker/Nurse, published poet-writer and the founder of the Dr. Bowie Scholarship Foundation, which includes the "Arts in Focus" After School Program, where she has spent over 20 years helping youth realize their artistic abilities early in life and how to use the fine arts as an outlet and alternative to negative behavior.