LIFESTYLE 2 weeks ago

Representation Matters

Growing up, I couldn’t identify with the dolls I had around me.

None of them looked like me, and since I couldn’t identify with the ‘beautiful’ dolls… I felt confused. I used to wear so much makeup growing up to hide my differences. I was insecure that my eyes were slanted and not blue… that my hair was dark and thick. I wanted round eyes and straight blonde hair. It was a challenging thing to face that young.

So I started turning to fashion and beauty to make me feel beautiful. I was always one of the best dressed at school because I knew it would get me the attention I wanted. I wanted to learn everything I could about that world.

When Mattel first approached me with the opportunity to have my very own One-Of-A-Kind Barbie I was speechless… but a Chloe and Colette Barbie too?! I lost it! It’s an absolute honor and there are no words to express my gratitude.

 

Through all of the self-doubt and insecurities, I found a way to be resilient and have thick skin. Now, with two girls of my own… I know first hand how important representation is. Especially within these past few years, I feel so proud to see more Asians represented in the media. From the release of Crazy Rich Asians to Sandra Oh winning a S.A.G and Golden Globe… and now an Asian American Andrew Yang as a presidential candidate- there is hope! They’re small steps to a big change for more representation.

 

In such a large global conversation, I’m so proud to have even a small part of it. Though my One-Of-A-Kind Barbies aren’t for sale, I’m so excited to share my story with my daughters as they get older. It actually brings tears to my eyes knowing that I have my own Barbie doll, (not just for bragging rights, though it IS pretty freaking awesome!) but to reflect back on little Chriselle. I wish I could go back in time to my younger self and tell her to embrace her differences because they’re beautiful. I wish I could tell all the young girls and boys that don’t feel seen or heard that they’re beautiful… and to keep fighting for what they believe in.

 

 

Thank you all so much for allowing me to share this special moment, and thank you SO much to my friends at Mattel for making this possible.

But it doesn’t end there… there’s MORE coming tomorrow. A bigger and even more exciting announcement is going to be made here on The Chriselle Factor. My lips are sealed until then… so I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow!


Photography by Karla Ticas