The Amazing Women Who Have Inspired Us This Year
Although it's been a tough year, it was definitely a big year for women, too. We've heard a ton of things being said and written about how women should just stay at home and do what they're supposed to do (as if that included staying silent about important issues). So we're just glad that we have these inspiring women who continue to ignite that fire in us to speak when it's necessary. Scroll down below to read and get some dose of inspo!
- Shibby Lapeña de Guzman
this is me. the one with the megaphone. this is me, speaking out. this is my school, speaking out. this is the youth, speaking out. pic.twitter.com/6tEF3wcVF7— ? shibby ? (@sushibbyyy) November 19, 2016
13-year-old Shibby was photographed speaking up about Martial Law with her fellow students from St. Scholastica on the day the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Marcos apologists and people who were older than her questioned her stand on the matter, saying that she didn't know what she was fighting for and talking about.
In a series of letters on the site, Shibby reminded people who are older than her why it is very important to listen to the youth regardless of their age, saying, "I encourage you to rise up because we'll be the next leaders of the country. It's one thing to tell one kid that they should be the light and the hope amidst the violations of human rights and corrupt chaos. It's an even bigger thing when you see hundreds of those kids together, being the light and hope in the middle of all that because they know and understand what had to be done for what was done before."
- Yusan Lin
Oftentimes, people underestimate those who can talk about celebrities, fashion, and beauty and those who work in the industry. People describe them as shallow and superficial. But 26-year-old Yusan proves time and again that that's not true at all. The Taiwanese model is also a student at Penn State, taking up data mining (and other related courses). She combined her love for the two and is doing research about what we can learn from history and predict trends from that. "I thought it would be a great idea to merge my interests and apply data-mining techniques to fashion data," Yusan tells Teen Vogue. You go, girl!
- Diane Eden Villasis
The first female boy scout and the first female to win a 10 Outstanding Boy Scouts award reminds us that what the opposite sex is able to do, we can do too. Winning the prestigious title meant something so much more to her, too. It just doesn't mean that there's equality, but that there's a responsibility that comes with her title and who she's become.
Sharing with us a lesson on what she's learned from being the first female scout, Diane says, "Your determination to succeed must always be bigger than your fears. Never let other people's negativity get to you. You must prove other people wrong and show that you are chosen for a reason. Always keep your feet on the ground and be grateful for the things that you have no matter how small or big they are."
- Natalia Castelar Calvani
We all have our flaws and insecurities. What's sad is when people make fun of us and bully us for those things. But believe us when we say that your flaws and insecurities are actually part of who you are and what makes you unique. That's what happened to Natalia, a 17-year-old who was bullied because of her thick eyebrows.
When she was younger, she wanted to have them shaved. But her strength made her stand through all those years of bullying and mockery. Now, she's become a professional model and even gained following on Instagram for her attitude. "They're my trademark, and I wish I would have embraced them sooner," she told Bored Panda.
- Egypt "Ify" Ufele
It's hard to imagine that at 11 years old, Ify has already been bullied because of her weight. But instead of concentrating on the negative things that have been said about her, she focused her energy and talents into creating clothes for ladies of all shapes and sizes through the brand ChubbiLine. Now, at her young age, she's already debuted her fashion line at the New York Fashion Week and is even one of Teen Vogue's 21 Under 21. You go, Ify!
- Dr. Candice Bridge
Dr. Candice Bridge Receives $324K Grant To Help Investigate Sexual Assault Cases pic.twitter.com/NsmlQfecoE— MadameNoire (@MadameNoire) December 1, 2016
The 25-year-old doctor will be helping survivors of sexual assault in a major way. Dr. Bridge, the first black woman to teach chemistry at the University of Central Florida, was given a $324,000 grant by the National Institute of Justice to research on an alternative to DNA testing which can only be used by the FBI and a few forensic labs. If the research goes well (and we're really crossing our fingers that it does!), law enforcers will be able to identify rapists who cover their DNA tracks.
"This grant will enable us to conduct research into a unique new means of identifying perpetrators of sexual assault when traditional DNA evidence doesn't exist," she said in a statement. "It's an important line of research that has become even more important as rapists attempt to elude capture by covering their DNA tracks after an assault."
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????