February I Issue: Female Gaze

Each issue we feature some of our readers to highlight the diversity and stories of Asian women and non-binary individuals around the world. Here are these issue’s Overachievers!


Citra Benazir is a writer and activist from Jakarta, Indonesia. Founder of Tis The Lyfe, a safe space for all volunteers. Author of Pleasure Girls, a collection of personal writings that recounts one’s journey of womanhood. Co-Director of Hollaback! Jakarta.

She has been an active advocate of women’s rights, sex positivity and body neutrality, mental health and self love. As a survivor herself, she dedicates her activism in voicing stories of sexual assault and violence, breaking the silence on sexual abuse and harassment, certainly raising the awareness to the people.

You can follow her on Instagram at @thearticbenazir, @tis.thelyfe and @pleasuregirls_. Along with viewing her writing at medium.com/@thearticbenazir

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Samina is from India. Currently living in KSA and studying in class 10. She thinks writing is an expression and gives everyone a voice that they deserve. She would love to make a change in this world. In her free time, she likes to play the piano, making short films, and reading.  She believes that writing poetry is like healing. She loves imagery as it displays intricate details of our surroundings capturing its essence.

She has published her pieces in various magazines like Ice Lolly Review, Potted Purple, In the Write Blog, All Ears India, Bloom Magazine, and has many publications coming up. She has loves spoken word poems and believes that it has the power to touch hearts, and she has participated in Youth Magazine Poetry Recitation Event. She has got her interviews featured on Write the World Blog and Prose. She is the graphic designer for Star-Gazette Magazine. Her Instagram is @samina2005.2020

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.

You can find announcements, more news, and get to know our staff on social media: give us a follow, and learn how you can get involved today!

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.

We hope you’ll join us.

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