An experience that moved me as an afro-descendent is when I did the Put Foot Rally through the 6 Southern African countries (from South Africa through Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and back into South Africa) in 2012. To see so many people wanting to explore their continent, people and cultures before the rest of the world ment so much to me. I think that it is so important for people to understand where they come from and for us to experience what goes on in our own country and in our bordering countries to truly understand who we are and how we fit in as Africans. I am a #RepresentationMatters ally an I am amplifying melanated voices by photographing real African people and documenting their stories by submitting them to Pichastock. It is important for me to be a part of telling the real and raw story of all Africans so that people around the world can see what Africa and Africans are really like.
I'm proud of my heritage because I'm proud of my heritage because Even though I come from a European background (my parents are British and my Dad's parents were Russian and German), my roots and upbringing have been 100% South African. I have been blessed enough to grow up surrounded by the rich and diverse culture that is South Africa and it's people and it has been such a great journey figuring out where I fit into all of it as a woman of European heritage but born, educated and brought up in the South African way.
Biggest misconception people haveBiggest misconception people have That South Africans (African's in general) can't be white and are uneducated and poor, and therefore are unable to travel. I have literally had people ask me how I am white if I am from Africa while I have been traveling.
Why do you think Diversity matters?No two people are alike. It is important to show that visually for people to truly see, understand and accept that we may all look different on the outside but that ultimately we are all human and we are all the same colour and make up on the inside.