Meet Angela, an educator, who shares with us how she has learned to love the color of her skin after years of thinking light skin was the benchmark of beauty. Anti-blackness is (sadly) so real and persists in many communities of color. We all need to be more critical and reflective of our own cultures in order to confront it to be able to build solidarity.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am Filipina-Mexican-American and my pronouns are she/her. I am an educator at heart, currently working at a non-profit that brings arts-based educational strategies to priority schools to narrow the opportunity gap, increase student engagement, and improve campus culture and climate.
2. What would you say to your younger self about beauty?
I would tell my younger self to -- enjoy and find meaning in the skin that embodies you. Learn about the culture and the histories of your parents' countries. Acknowledge what beauty looks like in your mind, pause, and question it.