February II 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!

A lover of storytelling, an advocate for Mother Nature, and a modern-day renaissance girl – Keilani Elizabeth Rose, is an award-winning, classically trained actor and dancer, a model & spokesperson for companies including Walt Disney, Olay & Sportchek, and a popular radio & nightclub DJ. In film and television, she has recently been featured on the hit shows, Once Upon a Time, Lucifer, Six, A Series of Unfortunate Events & The Magicians. She joined the leading cast in her most recent feature film projects, The Sinners and Within The Silence which are set for world premiere in 2020. Keilani learned the craft of the turntables from the city’s OGs and is one of Vancouver’s newest female DJs. Holding residencies at many of the cities top spots.
After enduring a tumultuous childhood with a tremendous foundation of community support, she now works on a variety of collaborative projects focused on giving back – Among those, a partnership with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center following being Crowned Miss Asia Vancouver. As the oldest of three remarkably close sisters, descendants of a rich multi-cultural heritage, Keilani is dedicated to challenging and influencing the world to promote sustainable community, inclusion, and equality through creativity.

Marian Koshiba (@marian.koshiba) is Brazilian woman with Japanese ascendency. She Graduated from Law School at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), and after 3 years working in a law career she abandoned everything to be an entrepreneur in a travel startup. Marian also followed an artistic path in writing, singing and composing. Marian has as a Project called Asian Visibility, in which she interviews Asian individuals with different careers and backgrounds to break stereotypes and make other people’s IG feeds more diverse and Asian represented.

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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