Florence Given (she/her) also known as Floss is Cosmopolitan’s Influencer of the Year 2019. The 20-year-old London-based artist addresses social issues with unique and playful illustrations and an aesthetic reminiscent of the 1970s.
Florence shares her illustrations accompanied by a short essay on her Instagram page (240k 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.
Florence’s hugely popular merchandising line features her sloganary and illustrations on T-shirts, phone cases, totes and prints.
In 2018 Florence 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 Florence appeared on many News networks across the US and UK, as well as being interviewed for various publications including Huffington Post and Grazia.
Florence 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 – sparking a conversation about societal taboos around sex workers.
Florence has collaborated with numerous global brands as both a model and illustrator. In Autumn 2018, fashion brand Weekday asked Florence to design a limited edition tee. Floss designed a Tee with the slogan “WE DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY” the limited edition collection sold out in under an hour.
Florence is currently writing her debut book which will feature both old and new illustration work.