Getting Carded with Yelena Noah
Yelena Noah turned her passion for art and symbolism into a business—crafting jewelry with a narrative. Continually inspired by Buddhist mandalas and West African symbols, most of Yelena’s designs begin with a center expanding out into four cardinal directions. The focal point represents ourselves, while the four opposing directions symbolize the need for inner balance within the dualities of life. The depth put into each design embodies a story, and a celebration of diversity and individuality. Not only is this former model putting forth compassion and understanding through her jewelry, but Yelena also serves on the board of her brother’s foundation: the Noah’s Arc Foundation. (And yes, her brother is Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah!) She hosts writing workshops with the kids, encouraging them to express through journal entries, poems and rap songs. One thing is certain, Yelena exudes an undeniable aura of compassion and consciousness that takes shape in everything she creates.