• Keepin' It Real

    Brown-skinned Girl

    My name is Victoria Martinez, and I am a Mexican, female, pansexual, 21-year-old multidisciplinary artist.  This piece titled “Cafe: El Color de la Tierra” is centered on the beauty of brown skin and femininity. It has become so important to me to show the world how beautiful brown skin is and how magical women are.  For the majority of my youth, I struggled with self-hatred. The media and everyone around me made me believe that beauty was defined by white, European features. I hated my brown skin, my round nose, my puffy hair. Even within my own Mexican culture there was racism. Mexican’s themselves favored the “weritos”. (blonde/light-skinned person) There…

  • Keepin' It Real

    Rise

    Hi! My name is Anna Miramontes. I’m a 21-year-old Afro Filipina, and a 4th-year college student at the University of California, Berkeley— go bears!  My story and my identity are intricate and complicated, but that makes for a good story, right?  My father was a black veteran in the marines that suffered from PTSD and my mother was a differently-abled Filipina woman that migrated to the United States in pursuit of the American dream like many others.  I grew up in an abusive environment. My father was constantly letting out his frustrations on my mother through physical and verbal abuse. We never had a stable living situation because neither of…