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 Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Fashion Issue 19 Nick Wakeman Creating a menswear-inspired line for women, Nick Wakeman welcomes the challenges arising from forging new aesthetic territories. Fashion Issue 19 Camille Tanoh Camille Tanoh found his niche working for Pierre Hardy and Paul Smith. Now he’s blazing a path for the next generation of French designers.