Power Series: Breaking Misconceptions with Diana
First of all, we need to express how stunning you are! Tell us where are you from and what your beauty represents?
Aw thank you so much! I’m originally from Colombia, and I am of Indigenous descent. I feel my beauty represents my identity. Growing up disliking my indigenous features because they weren’t representative of mainstream western beauty ideals and having a skewed white-washed version of my history has meant I’ve had to do a lot of work on learning to love myself - which hasn’t been an easy journey! Learning about my ancestry and developing pride and a deep respect for my ancestors, has really made me appreciate my beauty.
What are the barriers that ethnic actors still have to overcome in 2020?
I feel that whilst there have been some big advancements made in terms of diversity, I still question whether the industry really seeks true diversity or whether it’s just a “box ticking” exercise. Firstly, it would be better to have diversity driven by diverse creators, which will result in the production of more meaningful diverse roles. And also, unless a role has to be of a specific ethnicity, colourblind castings should be the norm.
What do you wish people knew about indigenous culture and what is the biggest misconception?
I think the biggest stereotype that gets thrown about is that there were not many Indigenous people’s in the Americas
before and that we were “uncivilised”. This is not true whatsoever. Our ancestors had huge civilisations and empires. They built pyramids and vast metropolises, they had a deep understanding of astronomy and were the opposite of the primitive imagery we are bombarded with on a regular basis. Our Indigenous cultures are very diverse with different customs, practices and languages. The biggest myth of all is that we were exterminated and only remain on reservations, tribal lands or dotted throughout the Amazon. In reality, the Americas are full of Indigenous peoples, it’s just many have had their histories and identities erased and now only identify as Latinx or Hispanic. What is your beauty routine?
I’m currently in a transitional period with my beauty routine! I’ve been blessed with good skin for most of my life without needing to do much, other than wash my face in the morning and use some oils, then make-up remover at night and that’s it! However I decided (during lockdown) that I should probably take better care of my skin as it won’t look like this forever so I started researching and got myself a new toner with hyaluronic acid, a moisturiser with niacinimide and an spf50 for my morning routine (I’ve been learning about how important & crucial spf, and can’t believe I’m only just starting to use it - oops), then a lovely cleansing balm for the evening to get all the makeup and spf off. However, I think my skin might have panicked with the introduction of all this new stuff, which it’s not used to, so I’m scaling it back and re-introducing one thing at a time! I want to make sure I look after my skin so it’ll be a case of experimenting with which products are right for me - everyone’s skin is different! What is your power?
I think my enthusiasm to learn and grow is my super power. I think life is about ever evolving and it’s important to not stagnate. There is so much to learn in this life, not just about ourselves but about the entire world & universe!
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