The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. (BNC) is proud to partner with WKBW-TV to showcase successful local women who have given back to the Western New York community. “Women In Leadership” honorees are established women business owners or professional/working women who have exhibited leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business or profession and give back to the Western New York or greater community. The goal of the program is to recognize women who have succeeded both in the business and charitable arenas and help inspire others to follow in their path.
Each month throughout the year a woman business owner or working woman will be featured on AM Buffalo. Each June, BNC and WKBW-TV will recognize all our honorees at an annual event.
Established woman business owner or working/professional woman who:
- Exhibits leadership, enterprise, and excellence in their business;
- Gives back to Western New York or greater community with volunteer service
Women In Leadership Application
November 2018 Honoree
Owner Sweet Heart Pin Up
Destiny Rogowski, professional photographer and owner of Sweet Heart Pin Up, shoots weddings, corporate head shots, and family portraits. It’s her “pin up” photo shoots that really make Destiny stand out: Her body-affirming photos empower women of all shapes, sizes, and persuasions.
She has great success capturing anyone who thinks they are unphotogenic. “Every person that has come into my studio tells me the exact same story. I’m not photogenic, I need to lose x amount of pounds, I have stretch marks, I hate my stomach, my thighs are to big, I have scars, I have a bald spot, there are moles on my back etc. I have heard it all- while they are listing all the reasons they can’t I am seeing all the reasons they can. Whether it be kind eyes, nice legs, a great smile. A lot of those clients having body issues then see the results in the pictures and it just makes them feel good about themselves. I truly believe that ‘you define the meaning of sexy.’ There is no weight requirement, no size that’s the right size.”
Destiny Rogowski started Sweet Heart Pin Up in 2009 after moving back home to Buffalo NY from Los Angeles. In LA she had worked in the celebrity photo shoot industry doing everything from wardrobe styling, hair and makeup to model coaching.
Destiny gives back in a variety of ways. She photographs foster children for The Heart Gallery, Inc., a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care in our community.
She also donates her services to Ten Lives Club, a nonprofit cat rescue organization, with photos of rescues and an annual TLC calendar featuring small business owners posing with cats available for adoption.
She’s helped revitalize the “retro block” of Main Street in the City of Tonawanda – with fellow business owners at Atomic Barbershop and Salon; the vintage clothing store, Cats Like Us; and tattooist, The Twisted Tiki – creating collaborations and mutual events that revitalize the community.