Bijou Karman's illustrations portray strong, stylish and independent women

All images courtesy of the artist

This beautiful series of illustrations is by Bijou Karman, an artist that paints stylish portraits of women that would "never fade into the background" thanks to their bold sense of personal style.

Based in Los Angeles, the artist is inspired by strong women, fashion, Googie architecture and a love of strong colours, print and plants.

"To be a girl is to be strong, even when you don’t want to be," says Bijou. "Living in an oppressive society has taught us to work twice as hard to earn the same respect as a man. We can openly express our emotions and aren’t afraid to cry, but this is the result of our inner strength."

Bijou has worked for a variety of internationally renowned clients including Rihanna, Converse, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Social media, especially Instagram, has played an important role in helping her to communicate with the creative community. Follow @bijoukarman for a daily dose of artworks.