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This fashionista’s viewpoint on being of mixed race

When I saw this shirt listed on Rue La La, I immediately knew I had to purchase it. I am so sick of seeing in the news race this, race that, the white person did this, the black person did that, Muslims are responsible for this, Jews are responsible for that. When is this world going to realize that we are all the same? We are all the same race. One race; Human. I grew up in the South during grade school and went to a predominately white school in the country. There were only about ten African American kids total. I got to see first hand what hate looked like. I was not accepted by some whites and by some (outside of my school) I was told I wasn’t “black enough” to be black. Kids were mean to me and called me names. It was hard to understand when I was young but it only shaped who I am and now I look back and only see one thing. Ignorance…. Small minds. I know now that the reason kids treated people of color differently and kids who don’t look like them differently is because that is what they were taught. The responsibility lies on their parents.

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My boyfriend is Puerto Rican and we are an interracial couple so I thought it would be nice to get both of us one of these shirts. Especially since we are an interracial couple. We get so many people looking and asking about it, where we got it and what a great statement it is (yes, sometimes we wear it together LOL). The shirt was made after the unfortunate shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this year. I wish it was still available for purchase so that many of you had the chance to get one. I may be recreating it and will let you know when I do. I love everything this shirt stands for. I also love that all proceeds from the sale of this shirt went towards non-profit organizations that help to bridge racial divides. See the full article here.

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I appreciate being of mixed race. I appreciate my African American ancestry in the deep South, the countryside, the Baptist churches and down home cooking. I appreciate my French side, Moroccan roots, Hebrew school, French bread and camembert. 😉 I also love that I also have a little bit of Native American, Spanish and Italian in me. I love all that I have learned from both sides and that I am part of both cultures. It really is eye opening and probably sparked my interest of other races, cultures and customs. I love traveling and seeing how people live, what they eat, their daily pressures and viewpoints and try to live a day in the life of them. What they find good, what they value, what pleases them. People should try to be more open minded about other people different from them and learn more about them.

Let’s not spread hate and pass it down generation to generation; instead let’s only spread and teach love. Lets work together and uplift and support one another no matter what we look like, what religion we are, how we were raised or where we come from.

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Style deets:

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I am in love with these new Converse All Star Chuck II sneaks. They are the most comfortable pair I own with the most amazing support (with the new Lunarlon footbed inside for ultimate support). White sneaks are so popular right now and you can wear them with skinny jeans, shorts, dresses, skirts, anything..

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These ripped jeans are pretty comfy too and stylish. They are flattering and come in white too.

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My race? Human.

XO,

Natalie(alamode)

Photography by Tommy Cuellar

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What I wore:

SHIRT: RueLaLa, sadly no longer available 🙁 another fun option here or plain tee here

RIPPED JEANS: J Brand

SNEAKS: Converse High Top Chuck II

BAG: Prada, similar Tory Burch

SUNNIES: See prior post

JACKET: Helmut Lang, not available, see similar (select black)