Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch, Gilgaze for Nike
Nike and Girlgaze have joined forces to celebrate local heroes and highlight the iconic Air Force 1 shoes of the footwear brand. Working with Girlgaze photographers, the campaign seeks to help unsung heroes do great things while making their faithful kicks. Among them was eleven-year-old Kheris Rogers, who founded the #FlexinInHerComplexion and the subsequent clothing line Flexin & # 39; In My Complexion after she was bullied for her skin tone.
The campaign highlights local heroes in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New York City. Other acclaimed names include Jenny Dembrow, associate executive director of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Rachel James, creative director and founder of Pear Nova, and Briana Owens, owner of Spiked Spin. Owens launched Spiked Spin, a weekly spin class, because of the lack of diversity in the fitness industry. (See also: These women defend themselves against Disney's lack of body diversity.)
In each photo, the local heroes rock different Air Force 1
Photo: Kava Gorna, Girlgaze for Nike 
Photo: Heather Hazzan, Girlgaze for Nike
Girlgaze exclusively photographed female photographers for the campaign including Thalia Gochez, Daria Kobayashi Ritch, Alice Liu, Alexa Viscius and more. Nike said in a press release to HelloGiggles "The Air Force 1 has become a representation of hard work and determination as well as style and fashion. This season, in partnership with Girlgaze, Nike seeks to highlight the untold stories behind people who are a manifestation of this mentality. The Girlgaze photographers, all female visionaries with unbelievable stories, embody the essence of the Air Force 1. Whether in front of the camera or behind the camera, we shed light on unsung heroes in the community that cause change and strengthen the environment. (Related: These women prove that running helps you master difficult times)
Photo: Alice Liu, Girlgaze for Nike
Girlgaze is a global community that strives wants jobs for female identification. Founded in 2016, the brand's mission is "to close the gender gap by helping Gen Z and Millennial Creatives with their job opportunities." Take a look at the Air Force 1 models featured in the following campaign be highlighted
I love this golden swoosh. ($ 100, shop.nordstrom.com)
Air Force 1 high-air sneakers
These look best like space shoes. ($ 180, shop.nordstrom.com)
Air Force Premium Sneaker 1 & # 39; 07 SE
Is the rose gold we spy on? ($ 100, shop.nordstrom.com)
High-Air Sneaker by SF Air Force 1
These businesses mean business. ($ 180, shop.nordstrom.com)
We are all for highlighting unsung heroes – and fresh kicks as well.
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This story was originally published on HelloGiggles.com by Jessica Wang.