So what is an aunty, really? In South Asian cultures, it’s a catchall term of respect for an older woman. This is shared across cultures. These women are part of our extended families or communities. Paying homage to an aunty is, in a way, paying homage to community and this is particularly [crucial] for diasporic folks for whom cultural preservation or continuity is so important — even while it evolves. What we left behind, we recreate with chosen family. But I can only speak specifically about South Asian culture where aunties are everpresent symbols of survival. And as women’s roles have changed, aunties roles have also changed. We tend to think about aunties in the domestic sphere, but some of the flyest aunties I know are leading huge movements for change or shaking things up in the corporate or creative world.