Growing up, I didn't see many females who looked like me in the media I was exposed to. I remember playing in my parents bedroom one day, I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, standing in front of the mirror and covering myself in baby powder to make my skin white while playing make-believe. Because that was what I wanted to be because that was what movies, cartoons and even picture books said leading ladies looked like. I work at PICHA now, dedicated to #representationmatters so that other girls can look in the mirror and see themselves as heroines, princesses, adventuresses and pioneering engineers. Just as they are. Curly haired. Bushy haired. All shades of beautiful. Because they have seen proof of this in the media they consume.
I'm proud of my heritage because I am proudly African because I come from a people who are strong, creative and remarkable under pressure and oppression. My heritage is mixed, a glorious melting pot of cultures that have all made me into the African I am today.
Biggest misconception people haveThat being coloured in South Africa is the same thing as being mixed race is the same thing. Like it's not a culture in its own right.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Without diversity, there can be no inclusion. An inclusive world is one that can thrive. Where everyone, irrespective of race, creed, sex or sexual orientation, can belong and reach their potential. We're all worthy. We're all capable. We're all deserving. When humans believe this of themselves, powerful and positive change is inevitable. And that's what the world needs a little more of right now.