Two years ago, when I was twelve years old, the United States had its presidential election in which the winning candidate was sharply against immigration. As the granddaughter of a Jewish-Mexican immigrant, the election hit close to home.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
Building a fanbase that feels like a family.
What is the best part of your job?
Helping people learn how to be more confident through fashion.
What is the worst part of your job?
All the cons of social media: feeling like you have to post, or keep up with social media algorithms, always watching what I’m doing.
What is the hardest part of your job?
When I’m working with people in the entertainment industry, it’s very fast paced. You find out you’re going somewhere three days before, and you just have to work with that.
Do you think there is a cultural stigma against girls modeling in the Asian community?
I’ve been lucky in that my family has always supported me, but I know that there are girls out there whose parents are very controlling. It’s all just based on what other people might think- that’s the stigma that we need to break now.
If yes, what do you think should be done about it?
The best way to do it is through communication. We need to understand that there are reasons why there is that stigma, and the only way to take it out is with people who believe in it, and explaining to them how and why it is wrong. We need to keep doing it, irrespective of what people think, and having open conversations with people who matter the most.
Have you ever encountered any racism in the modeling industry?
Always, in all forms.
Do you want to work in the fashion industry your entire life?
I want to work in fashion and education my entire life! I don’t know how long fashion will feed me- but for as long as it does, I want to stay.
Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
Machal Montano. He is supremely interesting: the way he schedules his life and maintains the balance between peace of mind-and work! His work requires consistent, over the top energy, and his still manages to shut it down and retreat.
What do you think should be done to remedy the lack of Asian girls in the modeling industry?
I don’t want to use the word “lack” or “remedy”, because I feel like we’re already there. We’re already doing it. I think we need to take a look at where we’ve come from- because I think that we are represented now. There is a lot of diversity in modeling, and we need to keep going.
What is your biggest ambition?
To be able to bring sustainable change to a community, whether that’s through a fundraising project or something else
What is your favorite thing about yourself? (don’t be afraid to brag!)
I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I do like a cold coffee shot in the morning, which keeps me going all day.
What do you consider the biggest problem facing Asian women today to be?
I think the biggest problem is them feeling that they are held back or not represented, or that they have to meet a certain expectation. I think we need to recognize that we no longer need to be held back. If we look at the progress we have made, it will guide us to a brighter path
My name is Sandy, also known as The Sandy Lion. I am a middle school teacher and fashion influencer/stylist, both of which I love and enjoy so much! I grew up in Canada and live here along with my parents, and three other sisters. I really like to travel and explore new cultures, and new fashion trends! I have gotten quite a few countries under my belt, including Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Paris, Czech Republic, and a bunch more.
Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.
Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.
We have grown since then, putting out bimonthly issues (we are contributor powered: apply to write for our next one!), and weekly reviews of culture, and news that is important to us.
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We do not claim to speak for all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. We are just here to give them a place to speak for themselves.