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Filipino Artists Illustrate Netflix Female Characters to Celebrate Women's Month

This International Women’s Month, Netflix puts the spotlight on its strong, diverse, and authentic female characters through the eyes of two Filipino artists, Betsy Cola and CJ De Silva. They’re two talented Pinoy illustrators who share their favorite female Netflix characters through stunning artwork in their own signature style.

Check out what they have to say about their work:

Seo Dal Mi from Start-Up By CJ De Silva

A drawing of a woman wearing a red shirt
Seo Dal Mi | Start Up | Image Courtesy of CJ De Silva

“I am 100% Team Dal-mi! She’s unapologetically ambitious and street-smart. She’s a pragmatic dreamer who’s fascinated by brilliant ideas and takes risks to bring it to life.”

Enola Holmes from Enola Holmes by CJ De Silva

An animated girl using a bow and arrow
Enola Holmes | Image Courtesy of CJ De Silva

“I wish I had an Enola Holmes to look up to when I was a young girl. I hope a lot of parents saw this movie. Because imagine raising a girl in a home filled with knowledge, skills, art and most of all, freedom!”

Max from Stranger Things By CJ De Silva

A drawing of a girl holding a skateboard
Max | Stranger Things | Image Courtesy of CJ De Silva

“I love Max so much I named our second cat after her. I love how she shook the boys out of their geeky snobbery, beating Dustin at Dig Dug and proving that she’s an essential part of the ‘Party.’ But more importantly, I also love how her relationship with Eleven evolved: from being someone Eleven was initially jealous of, to the best of friends who want the best for each other.”

Maeve and Aimee from Sex Education By CJ De Silva

A cartoon of two girls holding a pink cake
Maeve and Aimee | Sex Education | Image Courtesy of CJ De Silva

“Maeve and Aimee’s friendship is a powerful representation of female friendships -- being each other’s source of strength and bravery.”

Yuzuha Usagi from Alice in Borderland By CJ De Silva

An animation of a girl with short black hair
Yuzuha Usagi | Alice in Borderland | Image Courtesy Of CJ De Silva

“I identified with [Usagi’s] introversion and her sense of independence. I also think her being a mountain climber is such a powerful symbolism for the mountain of struggles women face.”

Devi Vishwakumar from Never Have I Ever By CJ De Silva

A drawing of a girl in an orange sweater
Devi Vishwakumar | Never Have I Ever | Image Courtesy of CJ De Silva

“[Devi] is a nerd and proud of it. She’s intelligent and eloquent, but still naive and makes a lot of mistakes. She’s got a temper and that doesn’t make her a bad person, it normalises vulnerability.”

Beth Harmon from The Queen’s Gambit By Betsy Cola

A drawing of a red-haired woman wearing a white hat an coat
Beth Harmon | The Queen’s Gambit | Image Courtesy Of Betsy Cola

“I couldn't look away from Beth's journey in The Queen's Gambit. It was great to watch her embrace her femininity at a time when women have to endure so much in order to be respected in a male-dominated field like chess.”

Vivian and Lucy from Moxie By Betsy Cola

An animation of two teenage girls
Vivian and Lucy | Moxie | Image Courtesy Of Betsy Cola

“I've always been fascinated with the Riot Grrrl culture and movement, and when I saw that Moxie was inspired by that same fierce, feminist spirit, I was thrilled. I decided to illustrate Vivian, whose warranted anger pushed her to fight for her fellow female students, and Lucy, who is so inspiring by being unapologetically herself.”

Captain Jang from Space Sweepers By Betsy Cola

An animation of a woman holding a space gun
Captain Jang | Space Sweepers | Image Courtesy Of Betsy Cola

“It's rare to see a woman front and center in a sci-fi blockbuster, but even rarer to see a woman of color in that spot. Captain Jang from Space Sweepers is a badass leader in every way.”

Penelope and Eloise from Bridgerton By Betsy Cola

An animation of two girls wearing formal attire
Penelope and Eloise | Bridgerton | Image Courtesy Of Betsy Cola

“Penelope and Eloise stand out because amid the societal pressure of getting married and becoming perfect marriage material, they demand to be seen as women who can be more than what is expected of them.”

Mildred Ratched from Ratched By Betsy Cola

An animation of a woman wearing a wide-brimmed hat and green sunglasses
Mildred Ratched | Ratched | Image Courtesy Of Betsy Cola

“She's a complex woman with a traumatic past, and while she has to present a cold front in a male-dominated world, she also gets a queer love story -- which is great to see in a period piece!”

Happy International Women's Month to all you fierce, kind, loving, smart, quirky, talented, sweet, strong, and relentless females out there!

For more stories by, for and about women, check out the International Women’s Day collection at



Source: Netflix Press Release

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