We are absolutely honored to have the one and only Parris Goebel as this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY! If you know anything about Parris, you know this girl was born to dance. She is indisputably one of the best in the biz and it’s amazing to watch this valiant female make her mark all over the world. The most inspiring thing about Parris is her trailblazing originality and unshakeable confidence. She simply believes in the person she is and everything she does is a reflection of that. We love how she reassures us to trust our gut and to not let our fears stop us from reaching for our wildest dreams. If there is one thing we can learn from this girl boss, it’s to never count ourselves out.

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, this global dance icon now spends most of her time in Los Angeles. Parris is best described as a multi-talented artist who also happens to be an award-winning dancer, choreographer and director. Her distinctive style called Polyswagg was curated from her own unique take on hip-hop and inspired by her Polynesian heritage. Parris is most famously recognized for the music video “Sorry” which she choreographed with her dance crew, The Royal Family for Justin Bieber. Currently, this music video has almost 3,000,000 billion hits on YouTube! This gal also happens to be the mastermind behind some of the biggest artists in the game over the past couple of years. To date, she has choreographed for Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Lopez. In addition, Parris is a World of Hip-Hop champion, she is the director of her home dance studio called The Palace Dance Studio and in 2017, she was featured on the Forbes list for 30 Under 30 Asia: The Arts. This girl is GOALS!

We are so grateful to have incredible female pioneers like Parris! What we admire most about this exceptional girl is how big her heart is. She is an amazing role model who is passionate about making a difference and giving back to her community. She understands her responsibility as a leader and she is determined to motivate other young girls to embrace and celebrate who they are. Parris reminds us to keep working at the things we love and to remember that real success does not happen overnight. Our wish at YGTG is for girls all over the world to follow Parris’s example of fearlessness. Thank you Parris for being YOU.

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

We absolutely love how much of an inspirational badass you are for so many women around the world. What helps YOU stay confident on a day-to-day basis?

I have learnt to become my number one fan. No one believes in myself more than me. I am constantly cheering myself on, complimenting myself, believing in my ideas and projects before any one else. I have learnt to appreciate and celebrate my mind, body and vision. I believe it is the key to self-empowerment…being your number one fan.

Tell us about your recent travels to Uganda. What were some of the most incredible memories and/or things you learned on that trip?

My trip to Uganda was incredible. World Vision gave me an opportunity to be an ambassador and travel to Northern Uganda to see first hand what is going on in the refugee settlements and how I can help. This trip for me was so eye opening and also heart breaking. There are too many people suffering in the world and we are all in a position to help. I got to sit down and talk to the youth and discuss their challenges, hopes and dreams. They don’t have electricity or access to social media so I promised them I would share their stories and let their voices be heard. I believe I am in this position for a reason and I am inspired to start the conversation, raise awareness and help make their futures brighter.

Why do you think it’s important for women to stand up and use our voices, especially in today’s society?

Because we can. We can. Any opportunity to be heard is an opportunity we women must take, and the opportunities are all around us. Social media, conversation, projects…use what you can and do what you can. The world is evolving and women are taking the power and respect that we deserve. It is important now more than ever to know what you stand for and to use your voice to make change. I always think of my future children and what example I will set for them. I want them to see mummy as a strong, confident woman who made herself a boss and helped make the world a better place. We are responsible for our children’s future, what world will we create for them?

If you could travel back in time and talk to your 10-year-old self, what would you say to her?

Don’t worry baby girl…One day your bullies will be your fans ;)

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl? 

My definition would be women empowering women. Girls cheering on girls. Us ladies coming together and uplifting one another. We are so alike in so many ways and it feels so good to know you’re not alone in this scary journey of self-discovery. “You got this girl!”