Danié Gómez Ortigoza

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Danié is a Mexican-American multi-media artist who believes in the power of braiding with intention. Creativity has been the only constant in her career, having worked as a television host for Disney, a Copywriter and Digital Strategist at various advertising agencies in Mexico and Canada, a Marketing Director for a media publication in Sweden, and correspondent for Glamour Mexico and Latin America based in Miami, where she received a Fashion Group International Award for her work.

Danie at The Bass Museum
Danie at The Bass Museum
Danié at Vizcaya
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She uses photography, fashion, video and words as her main materials, and social media as her platform, as she transitions from who she was told to be, to who she actually is, across her multiple alter-egos. For her, braiding is a portal into the soul and the main subject of her exploration of rituals and ancestry.

Among her most recent projects are ‘Back to nature’, a call for union and understanding of how important is reconnecting to Earth, and ‘Braiding Ceremony’ where she explores the act of braiding four women into one hand-sewn fabric that brings all the braids together as one. She participated in Raw Pop-Up during Art Basel 2018 performing ‘Once Upon a Canvas’, an interactive art installation where she had mirror conversations with strangers as she braided their hair and explained how visual cues and daily-intentions have an immense power to shape self-perception.

“Braiding has taught me to transcend my past, recreate my present and choose my future.”

In 2019 she was featured as one of the top 100 Mexican-women inspiring the world in Jonathan Klip’s book, ‘Entre Catrinas.’ She believes in community as the structure to re-engineer the world, and co-created alongside Martha Graeff and a very special group of influencers, ‘The Bazaar for Good,’ a philanthropic venture that uses fashion to raise funds for projects with social impact that has donated more than 300,000 usd to children in need.

She has worked with brands such as Chanel, Valentino, Versace, The Webster, Tory Burch, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alice and Olivia, Vizcaya (where she is a Cultural Ambassador), Isabel Marant, Citi Bank, and The Dalí Museum among others, and has been featured as a style icon in Elle USA, Allure, Nylon, W Magazine, Vogue México, InStyle Latam, Miami Magazine, Indulge Magazine,the cover of Brickell Magazine, Racked, HolaTv, NBC Universal, Hello, Telmundo, E Entertainment, LatinX, Boss Babe (Alice and Olivia’s ranking of top women) and Who What Wear, among other media.

Danié has been a panelist for Fashion Group International South Florida, Design District, RAW Residency, Womens Forum Mexico, The Retreat Miami, has moderated conversations for The Future powered by MINI, Stitched Lab, Brickell City Centre, Instituto Marangoni and has shared the stage with Taryn Toomey, Craig Robins (founder of the Design District Miami/Dacra) Gabrielle Anwar, Patrick Duffy, Jenny Lopez, and Irma Martinez among others.

You can recognize her by her ‘Floridian Frida’ braid which she carries around as a feminist manifesto whenever she’s on a mission. Follow her journey through www.journeyofabraid.com or her Instagram, @journeyofabraid

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