Hunny of the Week 12/1: Amy Schumer
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Hunny of the Week 12/1: Amy Schumer

Hunny /[huhn-ee] / noun: a badass bitch who's not just hot: she's funny, smart, strong, and\or ambitious.

It's no secret that we love Amy Schumer. She's hilarious and we live by her infamous quote, "I'm 160 pounds and I can catch a dick whenever I want."

But our favorite funny girl has taken it one step further, baring it (almost) all in the 2016 Pirelli calendar, along with other big-name women like Serena Williams, Yoko Ono and Patti Smith, photographed by none other than Annie Leibovitz.

Schumer wore just underwear and heels, baring her bod in a classic "I don't give a fuck" fashion, and the best part? The caption. Here's her tweet.

#slay. And whether you think she looks good or not, Amy's making it clear. She doesn't care.

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Hunny of the Week 5/17: Nicola Thorp

Hunny /[huhn-ee] / noun: a badass bitch who's not just hot: she's funny, smart, strong, and\or ambitious.

Imagine: You go to your first day of work in the *post college real world* only to be abruptly sent home by your supervisor WITHOUT PAY because - wait for it - you weren't wearing heels.

This happened to Nicola Thorp, who we are tabbing Hunny of the Week for standing up to the sexist demands and creating a petition entitled "Make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels to work."

Sounds like a reasonable demand to me. I could barely manage prom in heels, let alone every single work day.

And we're not talking about a top model runway job, where heels are part of the profession. Thorp, who lives in London, is a receptionist for PwC, a corporate finance company. Her supervisor sent her home on her first day for wearing flats, demanding she have 2-4 inch heels for work.

In an interview with BBC Radio London, Thorp made it clear that she made sure her supervisor knew of its discriminatory uniform practice.

"I said, 'If you can give me a reason as to why wearing flats would impair me to do my job today, then fair enough', but they couldn't. I was expected to do a nine-hour shift on my feet escorting clients to meeting rooms. I said I just won't be able to do that in heels."

When Thorp asked if a male coworker could be forced to wear heels during the same shift, she said the supervisor laughed in her face. Yet another reasonable request on Thorp's part, demonstrating pretty explicit sexism. Not to mention that heels can be incredibly bad for your health.

After speaking with friends about the work malpractice, Thorp decided to further pursue the issue with her petition, which states:

"It's still legal in the UK for a company to require female members of staff to wear high heels at work against their will.... Dress code laws should be changed so that women have the option to wear flat formal shoes at work, if they wish. Current formal work dress codes are outdated and sexist."

We completely stand by Thorp's statements, along with over 137,000 other people who have already signed the petition, both men and women. If you want to wear heels, go for it! But it should be a choice, not a requirement.

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Hunny of the Week 5/24

Hunny /[huhn-ee] / noun: a badass bitch who's not just hot: she's funny, smart, strong, and\or ambitious.

We've had some pretty strong souls tapped as Hunny of the Week, but this week's Hunny might be the bravest and most ambitious to date. Yusra Mardini is an 18-year-old swimmer from Syria who successfully fled her home in Damascus during the war using her athletic talent.

A rising swimming sensation in her country, Yusra was forced to leave her home last summer with her sister to escape the violence in Syria, which the UN has estimated has 400,000 casualties to date. In the final part of their journey from Turkey to the Greek island Lesbos, their small motor boat stopped and started to fill with water. Yusra, her sister, and another woman hopped into the water and pushed the boat to shore, literally, to Greece, saving all 20 people aboard.

When asked about the experience, her response was simple: "I thought it would be a real shame if I drowned in the sea, because I am a swimmer."

Talk about calm and collected. That story in itself is completely inspirational and mind-blowing, but that's not all for this Hunny. Yusra's hoping to make some more waves using her swimming abilities, this time by competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

WOW. Just, wow.

Yusra is currently training in Germany as a chance to compete for Team Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) which the Olympic Committee announced would take part in competition for the first time in Olympic history. These are all athletes who would otherwise be stateless and excluded from competing, despite having the talent to qualify.

Team ROA is yet to be set. Yusra was one of 43 individuals chosen by the International Olympics Committee to train in top facilities they provided based on previous performances in their sport. Only about 5 will win a spot on the 2016 team. A butterfly specialist, Yusra originally began training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, "but then things developed faster than we expected," said her coach Sven Spannekrebs.

This teen's dedication to the sport is impressive. Every morning, she gets up at 7 a.m., hits the pool for 2-3 hours, goes to classes and lunch, and then she's back to training. I can't say I could ever put myself through that kind of intense regimen, but her message rings loud and clear.

"I want to make all the refugees proud of me. It would show that even if we had a tough journey, we can achieve something," she said.

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Hunny of the Week 6/14: Larissa Martinez.

Hunny /[huhn-ee] / noun: a badass bitch who's not just hot: she's funny, smart, strong, and\or ambitious.

If you're trying to find a perfect combination of bravery and wit, look no further than this week's Hunny: Larissa Martinez. Not only did she graduate at the top of her class with a 4.95 GPA from McKinney Boyd High School in Texas, but she also received a full ride to Yale University.

So yes, incredibly smart. Brilliant really. But that's not all. During her valedictorian speech, she revealed to a crowd of hundreds a large part of her identity: That she and her family are undocumented immigrants.

*Feel free to take a second to absorb everything you just read*

This wasn't to just a few friends, this was to the whole class, plus their families and friends... and now all of the internet. Larissa's honesty served as an incredible lesson in hard work, overcoming obstacles, and, more importantly, humanity.

In the months leading up to this year's presidential election, undocumented immigrants have often been discussed in a critical light. They are largely and unfairly labeled as a "problem" plaguing this country. While there are statistics and data that support varying opinions, stereotypes and harmful rhetoric make it easy to lose sight of the very real contributions from brilliant individuals in the U.S. that struggle to live their day-to-day lives as undocumented immigrants, including Larissa.

Larissa and her mother and sister came to the U.S. to escape tough family circumstances in Mexico City, including an alcoholic, abusive father. They applied for citizenship, but the application has been pending for seven years.

"I am one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. I decided to stand before you today and reveal these unexpected realities because this might be the only chance I get to convey the truth to all of you, that undocumented immigrants are people, too," she said in her speech.

"People with dreams, aspirations, hopes and loved ones, people like me, people who have become a part of American society and way of life, and who yearn to help make America great again without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice."

Larissa received a standing ovation for her honesty and reminder of the importance of this upcoming election. With all the obstacles in place for the 11 million individuals like Larissa, we truly admire her strength and courage.

"I am living proof that beating the system is possible." We couldn't agree more.

Watch Larissa's full speech and hear her message here.

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Hunny of the Week 8/16: Simone Biles

Hunny /[huhn-ee] / noun: a badass bitch who's not just hot: she's funny, smart, strong, and\or ambitious.

With the Olympics well underway, we found it only fitting to cover one of the 4,700-plus incredible women competing as our Hunny of the Week. The competition was stiff considering the sheer number of record-breaking performances thus far, but the fiercely talented gymnast Simone Biles nailed landing the gold in this event.

Simone may only be 4'8, but this 19 year old is an absolute force to be reckoned with. With 14 world championship medals to her name, 10 of which are gold, she has racked up the most gymnastic titles in history.

Even Mary Lou Retton, the first American to win the all-around title at the Olympics in 1984 said Simon "may be the most talented gymnast I've ever seen in my life," which is why it comes as a shock to many that Biles has never competed at the Olympic Games.

The beauty of the Olympics is that they only happen every four years, and in a sport like gymnastics even the slightest of mistakes can knock you out of the competition. But Biles seems to have a handle on the pressure, as evidenced by her three gold medals.

Simone makes her gravity defying routines look effortless, (she even has a specific move named after her,) but don't let that perfect landing and gleaming smile fool you. Simone, along with the entire gymnastics squad, has made many sacrifices in devoting her life to these moments.

In an interview with Refinery29, Biles discussed all the work she's put in leading up to this moment. Training upwards of six hours a day ( I repeat, SIX) and having to be homeschooled, she doesn't have the typical social life of a high schooler.

"It was hard, but I got over it very quickly, because whenever you go out and represent Team U.S.A., it's nothing you can compare to a prom dance!" she said. Talk about a team player.

Simone seems super-human, because, well... she is. But as her brother Adam Biles says of the world champion, "the most remarkable thing about my sister is how normal she is." Normal and a total badass? We love her even more now.

"I just do my gymnastics because I like to have fun," she said. Regardless of the outcome, "If you're having fun, that's when the best memories are built."

It seems this approach has worked out to this gold medalist's advantage.

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Hunny of the Week 7/5: Elisabetta Di Virgilio

Hunny /[huhn-ee] / noun: a badass bitch who's not just hot: she's funny, smart, strong, and\or ambitious.

This week's Hunny is the amazing, gorgeous and multi-talented Elisabetta Di Virgilio (Ellie for short). She's no average college student. Originally from Italy, this Hunny moved to the U.S. in 2014 and since then has been absolutely slaying, as both a full-time model and psych major at the University of South Florida. (She has a 4.0 GPA, too. Casual.)

If you're not already following her on social media (@Ellie_Majesty on Insta and Ellie_Majesty on Snap), you need to change that ASAP. I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Ellie and share our Q&A sesh with FlockU.

You're absolutely killing it on social media (over 30k followers)! What have been the positives and negatives of being insta-famous?

Thank you! I don't think of myself at being "insta-famous". I opened my Instagram account a little less than a year ago but it wasn't until last fall that I started to try growing the page. When I started Instagram, I decided that I only wanted to grow my page naturally. I wouldn't buy followers, advertisements or pay for shoutouts. I started networking with pages, models, and companies; and in six months I was able to go from 500 followers to 30,300 followers, a little less than a third of my goal of 100k.

The best thing about having a large social media following is that it provides networking opportunities. I'm approached by more magazines, companies, and photographers on Instagram than on any other platform.

The negatives of having a big following is that it's a big obligation. Maintaining my social media pages is time consuming, because I am always trying to improve my page through increasing the quality of my photos, posting content that is more interesting, and sharing videos that are more interactive. I'm always working on finding ways that my profile can allow people to interact with me and get know me more than just observing my fitness and modeling career.

When did you decide to start modeling? Why fashion and fitness?

Growing up, people always told me that I should try modeling. It was never something that interested me until I became passionate about fitness and started working out in Italy in 2011. It wasn't until I moved to America that I had the opportunity to become a model and wanted to focus on fitness because it's really my passion. Photographers told me that I was too versatile to limit myself to fitness modeling, so now I actually do more editorial, fashion, swimwear, and lifestyle photoshoots than fitness.

How do you find the time to do all these things AND be a student? Do you have any free time, ever?

It certainly isn't easy to be a full time model and do well in college. There are a few things that I do everyday. I go to the gym twice a day, once for an hour of cardio in the morning, and in the evening I do an hour and a half of lifting with an additional half hour of cardio. I also meal prep, so every night I prepare 5-6 meals that I eat every two hours throughout the next day. Obviously I have to go to class, but I try to schedule them so that I only have to school go three times a week.

On top of that, I'm also modeling. When I'm not in school, I accept four to five photoshoots per week, but during the school year I limit myself to three. Somehow after all of that I do manage to find some free time, which I spend in unconventional ways, like deep sea fishing!

How much importance do you put in doing well in college vs. doing well in modeling?

I think that doing well in college is extremely important. If I didn't think I could do well in both, I wouldn't model. Luckily, I have been able to find balance. My modeling career is going well but my school hasn't suffered as a result. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and this year I was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau, and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies.

Personally, I feel like being at college makes it hard to always be healthy. Do you have any secrets to staying in such great shape for modeling, or any recommendations for those of us who aren't in the business?

Generally speaking I think that college makes it hard for students to be healthy. I don't live on campus and living a healthy lifestyle is something that I think is equally important to college. I don't have the option of not going to the gym for three hours a day or not spending two hours every night preparing all of my meals. This commitment is needed to stay on my career path. For everyone else, I think that having three well-balanced meals per day and spending an hour in the college gym three times per week is a great way to stay healthy in college.