Mona Omar is a Copenhagen-based art director just starting her career. She began contributing creative direction to the lookbooks for Baserange—a Danish line of sustainably made undergarments and leisurewear basics—after an unexpected encounter with the label’s founder. Over several seasons, she has helped articulate the brand’s progressive aesthetic, which celebrates female comfort and body diversity. Omar, actively inspired by her parents’ East African roots and their quest to improve the world, aims to influence new norms of representation. To start, tell me a bit about your background. I grew up in the suburbs of Copenhagen, in a family of modern-day rebels. My parents came to Denmark as refugees from Somalia in the ’80s when they were young adults. My father worked for the NGO Save the Children, and my mother is a teacher and the founder of an organization that combats female genital mutilation. As a child, I always wanted to have a “save-the-world’’ kind of This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Interiors Issue 50 Gabriel Escámez A sea of tranquil designs inspired by the Mediterranean coastline. Fashion Issue 50 Capsule Wardrobes Unpicking a fashion staple. Fashion Issue 50 What Are You Working On? David Koma’s current workload. Fashion Issue 50 Received Wisdom Marimekko’s creative director, Rebekka Bay, on leadership and finding the right work-life balance. Fashion Issue 49 Urban Doom A saturnine mélange of subversive styles. Fashion Films Issue 47 Farida Khelfa France’s fashion muse.