A M’ija to Meet: Maribel, Puerto Rican
What I love about being Latina: The richness of my language, my culture and the beautiful diversity we have in our people.What I love about being Americana: Having another beautiful culture and language and sharing this with so many people from all over the world. America is a pot of gold in diversity and we are a significant part of this pot.
My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America: Accepting that discrimination due to me being a Latina women was caused by the ignorance of others and not by my being who I was.
My biggest support in growing up Latina in America: Mi Familia: especially my mother who risked moving to NJ not knowing what was ahead of her to seek a better life for us; my dad who was tough with the rules for his six girls but only because he wanted us to respect ourselves for the beautiful women we were and my five beautiful sisters who have always love me and supported me.
Why I am beautiful: Because I love the complete me: mind, body and soul.
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