• Hair & Beauty,  Writing

    Masks We Wear

    Introducing Katya Avila, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Highschool. Growing up can be hard, especially with the ever present beauty standards set by the media and society. Katya shares with us her experience growing up Chinese-Filipino, seeing little representation of women like herself in the beauty industry around her. When flipping through pages of any style and beauty magazine, it’s easy to be drawn into the advertisements promoting the newest “peachy pink” eyeshadow palette or “skin perfecting” foundation, or really any cosmetics shown on the shiny pages. They feature beautiful women with flawless glowing faces and sparkling eyes, telling people that with this new product, they’ll be perfect too.  …

  • Hair & Beauty,  Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    Roots

    Emily Diaz is a senior in high school, living in New York City. She has a passion for writing and in this essay, she explores her Latinx identity and how she came to love her natural hair. Thanks for your submission, Emily! I used to have a twisted perception of what beauty was. I thought that if I had straight hair I would feel beautiful. I thought that if I burned my roots down enough times with a flat iron I would somehow burn down the roots of my past, but that was not the case. Identity has always been something I’ve struggled with. I knew I was Dominican and…