Hey Glow Gang!
It’s that time of year where things start feeling like they’re slowing down a little. If you’re in the US and have today off work, I hope you have a lovely day with loved ones.
This week we’re back at it with a news round up celebrating some great wins by women of colour entrepreneurs and politicians, and embracing no more hustle culture!
I’m excited for you to read this week’s trailblazing woman interview too. Feat. Ruchi Page talking about breaking barriers in beauty and fashion 👏🏽
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News Of The Week
No More Girl-Bossing, Just Girl-Resting 😴
Everyday we’re hustlin’ 👩🏾💻 Because quiet quitting isn’t really an option. But hustle culture is harming women of colour. How do we strike the right balance? These women of colour share how self-work, and prioritising personal time and energy helped them find balance in their careers (tw: article talks about a miscarriage). ICYMI, it never hurts to get a helping hand (aka a work therapist) when it comes to self-work and work.
Straight out of the tin 🍝 Nagi Maehashi’s new cookbook, Dinner, recently became the highest selling title ever by a debut Australian author in its first week! The book contains some favourites from her blog, RecipeTin Eats, plus a whole lot of new dishes.
See also: Topicals founder Olamide Olowe is the youngest Black woman ever to raise $10 Million in funding. Plus: How Tiffany James, founder of Modernblkgirl, is making trading and investment accessible to women of colour.
More News Nuggets
Extra Nuggets 👀
- Hair power 👩🏾🦱 The symbolism behind the hairstyles in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
- A crowning moment 👸🏽 Emma Morrison is the first Indigenous woman to win Miss World Canada.
- Cheers to breaking political barriers 🥂 A record number of women will serve in the next US Congress, including record numbers of women of colour. We love to see it!
What we’re loving this week:
Read - Safar: Muslim Women's Stories of Travel and Transformation - Girls Guide to the World. Sarah Malik’s new book explores personal growth and self-knowledge in the context of travel ✈️
Make - Cinnamon apple bread by RecipeTin Eats. We had to share one of Nagi’s recipes after sharing the exciting news about her cookbook! Plus, cinnamon apple bread is giving festive vibes 🎄
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Trailblazing Woman Interview
Ruchi Page: Breaking Down Barriers In Beauty And Fashion
Melbourne based model and creator Ruchi Page is making her mark on the fashion and beauty industry.
How? Through her fierce fashion, and glowy (and still fierce), makeup looks (the talent!!!) Plus, she’s advocating for inclusivity in mainstream media - because everyone deserves to shine!
We had the pleasure of chatting with Ruchi about how she’s carved out a space in the fashion and beauty industry, what changes she wants to see in these industries and what’s next. Let’s go!
Ruchi! You’re an inclusivity advocate across the beauty and fashion industry 👏🏽 Was that always the career plan and can you tell me more about your journey to where you are now?
I originally wanted to be a teacher. I started the course in 2014 and in 2017 I had a crisis where I was like “I don’t think I want to do this anymore.” I took a year off, and did finish the course, but had made up my mind that I wanted to do something else. I definitely denied a lot of my passion for beauty and make up for a long time and didn’t really believe it could turn into a career.
I started dabbling into beauty on Instagram and when the pandemic hit in 2020 I was granted the luxury of time. I had my makeup and all the tools I needed and decided to go all in on content creation. I have such a big passion for beauty and skincare, and making sure everyone is included - because people that look like me haven’t always been included.
Early this year I started dipping my toes into the fashion world! I've now walked in one of Australia’s most popular and largest fashion shows. It’s an exciting time, especially for representation - small steps are being made.
What changes do you want to see in the fashion and beauty industry?
I’m a curvy woman, 153 centimetres tall and with a deeper skin tone. I’m so grateful to be included in the industry, but just because my voice is being heard, it doesn’t mean everyone from a marginalised community is being heard. We’ve got a way to go.
There’s still a lot of gaps that need to be addressed. Like people of colour still aren’t being heard in fashion when it comes to religious garments, for example. Black people still aren’t having their hair needs met at fashion shows and shoots. Curvy people, larger people still aren’t guaranteed to be able to buy clothes in the shops they go into. So there’s still a lot that needs to change.
What's next for you?!
I’m working on a project at the moment - it’s an extension of what I’ve already done and I’m hoping it comes to life early 2023 👀
Other than that I don’t know! Anything can happen at the drop of a hat in this industry. Up until a week before Melbourne Fashion Week I thought I was just attending - I didn’t think I’d be walking in shows! There’s so much room in this industry for really significant changes and I’m excited to hopefully be part of them in 2023.
What’s been the biggest highlight(s) and challenge(s) of your career so far?
Highlights: Being able to work with brands that I love and have been using since I was a teenager has been an incredible highlight and something I will never take for granted.
One of my most pivotal career moments, and the biggest highlight so far, was creating Faces Of Australia. I partnered with Centennial Beauty to create an inclusive movement to raise the voices and work of BIPOC creatives. It was incredible to see that Faces of Australia helped some BIPOC creatives land their first jobs online, and gave them space to share their stories of racism or discrimination in the industry. I’m really proud of that project.
Challenges: There’s a lot of challenges in this industry! The biggest one for me is making sure that you're looking after yourself and not always being at one hundred percent. For example, with sharing that it’s ok to have curves and rolls on your body. Sometimes people hold you to a standard that you should remain 120% confident at all times. But it’s ok to have moments of insecurity and doubt. Those moments don’t make me less of an advocate and I kind of use them to re-align myself, and to inform my advocacy work. So a positive challenge I guess!
Your top tips for women of colour on how they can blaze their own trail?
Don’t let society minimise your opportunities! Don't let the insecurities that can come with having deeper skin or being bigger or being different or being outside of that box that society has created be the drawback. Instead, let it lead you into whatever or wherever you need to go.
When I started to embrace everything I’ve been told no for, that’s when I really saw the change within myself. Career wise, that’s when I saw a lot of connection with people and with career opportunities.
Having deeper skin should never discontinue your route. This is something that will lift you to that next step. Remember that everything about you is worth it!
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