Artist & Writer
Florence ‘Floss’ Given, Cosmopolitan’s Influencer of the Year 2019, is a 20-year-old London-based artist who addresses social issues with unique and playful illustrations and an aesthetic reminiscent of the 1970s.
Florence grew up in Plymouth and attended the London College of Fashion.
She was described by Rita Ora as being a “Feminist and incredibly empowering artist”.
Florence shares her work on Instagram and has more than 165K followers. Her work confronts oppressive attitudes towards women and their bodies and she uses her platform to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexuality, consent, race and gender. She curated her first exhibition ‘Girls Interrupted’ in January 2018.
In 2018 she launched a petition to cancel Netflix’s controversial fat-shaming series ‘Insatiable’, it gained over 300,000 signatures in a matter of days. The story became global news and she appeared on many News networks across the US and UK, as well as being interviewed for various publications including Huffington Post and Grazia.
She designed the merchandise for Rita Ora’s Girls Tour in May 2018.
In 2018 Love Islander, Megan Barton-Hansen, whose occupational history proudly includes stripping and glamour modelling, wore Florence’s tee which read ‘Stop Valuing Women Based on Their Sexual History’ to her Good Morning Britain appearance.
In Autumn 2018, H&M owned Swedish fashion brand, Weekday, asked Florence to design a limited edition tee. The entire collection sold out in under an hour. The tee’s slogan read “WE DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY”. Inclusivity in the fashion industry is a big part of what she advocates for in her work, and as part of the campaign, she hosted an in-store event on Regent Street and personally provided free tee’s for girls over a size 20.
Florence spoke on the teen stage of Stylist Live event in November 2018, London and is currently writing her debut publication which will feature new illustrations.
2019 has already seen her front campaigns for numerous global brands including Tinder, Zalando, Converse and Revlon.