Nadya Okamoto

Period queen.

Elissa Noblitt - Author

Mar. 19 2024, Published 3:45 p.m. ET

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If you have a period, Nadya Okamoto is here to fight for you. The NYC native and Harvard graduate has pretty much always been a menstruation activist — calling for the end of the tampon tax, working hard to normalize periods, and teaching young people how to use hygiene products — but in 2020, she took things one step further and co-founded the brand August. The company began with a mission to "identify gaps in period care," and has now grown into a sustainable, gender inclusive, and socially impactful retailer of innovative menstrual products.

Distractify chatted with Nadya to learn about her desert island necessities, her biggest female hero, and more.

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If you had to get a tattoo right now, what would it be?

NO: A realistic drawing of my dog.

What’s your most-used emoji?

NO: Blood drop emoji 🩸 #period

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What’s your favorite TV show?

NO: Love Is Blind!

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Tell us about the first concert you ever attended.

NO: James Brown — some free concert in the NYC park.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

NO: Anything ABBA or Whitney Houston, TBH.

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If you weren't the founder of August, what would your dream job be?

NO: I think I'd be a full-time yoga or pilates instructor… fitness influencer? Yeah, that would be fun.

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Share your top three desert island necessities.

NO: Air conditioning, Netflix or Hulu subscription so I can binge watch, and an espresso machine.

What's the weirdest or funniest rumor you've heard about yourself?

NO: That I really am always on my period…and take some hormone solution to be on my period all the time.

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What’s your favorite color?

NO: Red, but lately I've been liking bright orange, too.

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Who is your "shero" (a female hero who has inspired you the most)?

NO: My little sister. Former state senator Wendy Davis. Sarah Paiji Yoo, the founder of Blueland.

If you could switch lives with any celebrity for a day, who would it be and why?

NO: Zendaya. Her closet must be amazing…

What’s your No. 1 distraction?

NO: TikTok.

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