L. Renee Blount MLA ’17 was interviewed by and featured on the cover of Outside Magazine this past fall. Since her graduation from the GSD, L has become a strategy consultant and photographer. L is well-known for her Instagram account, @ubranclimbr, where she shares photos and stories of her outdoor adventures and career.

She shares that Black joy is central to her work, saying, “My smile is very integral to who I am, and I want to share the things that make me smile in that way. There is so much negative imagery of people who look like me, and it can get really tiring and overwhelming to see our bodies portrayed that way. People need to see Black people being joyous. More importantly, we need to see ourselves being happy and joyfully reclaiming spaces.”