I came across the mixed girl tag on YouTube, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do on OsbieBeauty. I get so many questions on a day-to-day basis about my nationality, or my background, so I just figured this tag would be very informative to you guys who are curious, and it will give you all a chance to get to know me better.
1.) What are you mixed with: my mom is half Irish half French Canadians, and my Dad is Senegalese.
2.) What ethnicity have you often been mistaken for: most people usually get it right, they know that I’m mixed black and white. But sometimes people mistake me for a Dominican, or Puerto Ricans, or people think that I’m from the Réunion island.
3.) Is you hair Curly or Straight: as you can see from the picture below my natural hair is very curly.
4.) Was coming from different backgrounds challenging growing up: I never thought about it really… I was raised by my mom, in a caucasian family. There wasn’t a lot of diversity in the area that I grew up in but, I never really felt like my skin colour was what people were looking at or thought about, or commented on even though I was the only mixed kid at my school. It changed a bit when I started high school, but I think everybody gets teased a bit in high school.
5.) Which background do embrace most: this is a tricky question, like I have mentioned earlier, I have been raised by my Canadian/caucasian side of the family, so I think it is easier for me to refer as my myself as a Canadian, because it is all that I know really. It sounds so silly to me having to think of “sides” I love my Senegalese side too, even though I don’t know much about it.
The thing that I find challenging though is that I don’t really feel like I “fit” in a certain category because I’m half black half white. Sometimes it’s just hard for me (or maybe should I say people make it hard on me) to figure out where I fit. It can be a bit frustrating, because for most of white people I’m black, and usually the first question I get from white people living in my city is “how long have you been living in Quebec” even though I was born here. On the other side I feel like when it comes to black people, I’m not “black” enough and kinda feel like an outsider.
All in all let just say that I have learned to embrace my “mixness”. All I want is to be able to be me, live happily, enjoy life without having to try to box myself into a category because I do love both culture.
6.) Have you ever been teased for being different: well yes but haven’t we all been teased about something? I think if anything I have been teased growing up a bit cause of my hair, and it was usually girls who were teasing me.
I just feel like us women we should be empowering one another and not hate one another. We should teach our kids to embrace who they are instead of making them compete against one another. We would gain so much more, and grow so much more as a society. I find it disgusting how certain women acts towards each other, especially when it comes to races, and being different. We live in a world where social media has this huge influence on people. Internet, and magazines all tell us to look a certain way and people really do try to be that perfect image that medias tell them to be. I see so many girls (especially on the internet) hating on other girls for being their true selves and telling them that their not beautiful because that Instagram perfect picture is really what they should be looking like. Women should empower one another, not bring each other down. At the end of the day we are all beautiful and our uniqueness is what makes us beautiful.
7.) Have you ever been ashamed of being multiracial: heck no, I don’t understand why I should be ashamed of being multiracial…
8.) Do you feel that being Mixed has it’s benefits: yes, aesthetically it is cool having curly hair because it is so versatile, I like my skin tone, I think it is lovely and I don’t have to spend tons of hours per week in a tanning booth to achieve it. No but seriously the fact that you are born not to see colour, being multiracial I think makes you more open minded.
9.)What makes being MultiRacial a beautiful thing: it is a beautiful things because if you look back maybe 40 or 50 years ago, the thought oofn a black man being with a white woman (or a black woman being with a white man), was absolutely outrageous. They fought so hard for their rights (and I don’t know if you know but people even got killed for loving someone out of their race). The fact that there’s more and more mixed people is a beautiful proof that their fight wasn’t in vain. Being mix is a symbol to show the world that you can stop 2 persons from being together just because they’re not from the same race.
10.) Any advice to some who struggle with their Multiracial Identity: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t struggle with it. Love yourself, embrace being different, love being different. At the end of the day no matter if we are multiracial or not we are all different. Not one family is the same not one person is the same. Just be yourself.
Hope you guys liked this post, are you multiracial, do you have friends that are? What are your thoughts on the subject? Let me know in the comment section below. Oh and feel free to do this tag I’ll include the question down below.
Love, Helene Xx
1.) What are you mixed with?
2.) What ethnicity have you often been mistaken for?
3.) Is you hair Curly or Straight?
4.) Was coming from different backgrounds challenging growing up?
5.) Which background do embrace most?
6.) Have you ever been teased for being different?
7.) Have you ever been ashamed of being Multiracial?
8.) Do you feel that being Mixed has it’s benefits?
9.)What makes being MultiRacial a beautiful thing?
10.) Any advice to some who struggle with their Multiracial Identity?