Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Do you ever have the urge to talk to someone but you have no idea how to initiate a conversation?

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sunday, 22 June 2014

slayingbeyonce said: I've noticed in your past videos you wear people's cultural items as if they're a trend, I'm assuming without knowing the meaning behind it. Do you ever think about how offensive that comes off? I know for a fact that if I seen some white girl with a dashiki and a head wrap made from kente fabric I would bitchslap her. My culture is my identity, it's who I am,& I will be damned if someone took that away from me. Don't you have your own?

I will first start off by apologizing, I never meant to personally offend you or your culture in anyway. With that being said, I can honestly say yes, in some of my past videos, I would purchase items from the thrift store because they “looked” cool. I never did research as to what the item was or took into consideration how me wearing that item would effect other people.

To answer your question, yes I do have my “own” culture, that I’ve pieced together from a variety of cultures. You see, America is what we like to call a melting pot, in which different cultures have contributed their own distinct “flavors” to create American culture. And if by embracing American culture you begin to pick up little traits from other cultures, you shouldn’t be looked down upon because someone thinks you don’t rightfully have any business being interested in that said culture because your ancestors weren’t from Asia or Africa or India etc. 

I think the most disturbing part in your message was the fact that if you, “seen some white girl” wearing something you deem inappropriate for her to wear you would resort to violence (bitchslap) instead of educating her about what she was wearing and why it holds so much meaning to you. 

We live in the 21st century where children today are encouraged to embrace other cultures and learn about other people’s past. I know some people hate cultural appropriation but the truth of the matter is, it’s going to continue to happen. And sending one message to me about how four years ago I wore something you didn’t think was appropriate isn’t going to change the situation. I’m a tiny microscopic piece in this ever growing puzzle we call society. 

You have however, opened my eyes and I thank you for bringing to my attention what I was doing in the past. I’ve done a ton of growing up over the last 3-4 years and I don’t wear cultural items just to be trendy anymore. I do my research, I understand the meaning behind certain items and I continue to educate myself. I will try my hardest not to be as insensitive to other cultures in the future and I would encourage you to keep an open mind just as I have. 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Friday, 6 June 2014

Anonymous said: Steph you are exactly my height and when I see how beautiful you look I get really proud of the way I look and how we shorties can stand tall. Thank you for all the advice and everything you have done because with you I defiantly have become more confident in how I look. Stay rad😜

Thank you :) I love how you said “shorties can stand tall” 

Anonymous said: Hey steph, so I've been dealing with depression and anxiety my whole life your video on getting help really inspired me to do the same, but i cant seem to find any place around me that is cheap, what do you recommend me doing? Also, i don't have any support from my family or a job.

It’s extremely hard when you really don’t have any sort of support system. Most places that do specialize in mental health are not cheap, do you by any chance have insurance? If so, see if your insurance will cover any part of it (doctors visits, medication, group therapy, counseling services etc) anything will help. If you do not, see if you can set up a payment plan, many places are willing offer their services while you make payments.

Anonymous said: Were you jealous when Mel was in teen vogue without you lol

No, not at all. I was honestly so proud of her and would tell any and everyone that MY sister was in Teen Vogue :)