As both a woman and person of color, I see life from a unique perspective. And my unique perspective has inspired my passion to encourage and support others – especially other women as they pursue their own passions. That’s why I am super excited about this opportunity to partner with Uber to be a sounding board for women of color that I admire and those that share their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
One of the first people that came to mind was my friend Denisse Benitez, known all over social media as @ChasingDenisse. I met Denisse 3 years ago when she photographed me at my first NYFW. She is a talented, award winning photographer who is a candidate of diversity and inclusion in the influencer community. I owe a lot of my success as a blogger and content creator to her award winning photography. As one of the first photographers to create photography presets for women of color, she has allowed creators (particularly creators of color) to easily and beautifully edit their photos while also protecting the integrity of their melanin. This may not seem like a big deal to most, but in a world where the photos you publish and put out into the universe determine your success, her work has proven to be a game changer. Most other presets do not account for dark skin and when women of color use other presets, their skin can look yellow or orange because they weren’t made with darker skin tones in mind. Denisse wanted to make sure that we were represented in the best light, literally, and it has made a world of difference in the content that I create. Check out the examples of her work below (the original photo is on the left and the photo with her presets is on the right).
In addition to her talents as a photographer, Denisse is a gifted writer who has penned several articles that have gone viral. Her outspoken and unapologetic way of just being herself, as well as her passion for holding creative industries accountable for equality, accessibility, and awareness is an inspiration to so many of us. I often describe Denisse as saying the things the rest of us are thinking. She is a voice for other talented creatives who deserve to been seen and heard.
Just like Uber, Denisse is actively ensuring that underrepresented voices are heard and supported. We all see the importance of being mission-driven while pursuing our own dreams of adding value to the creative industry. There are countless women making a difference out there. It’s our job to make sure they’re supported and have the tools to shine. Thanks to efforts from companies like Uber, they will not continue to go unnoticed.
Below are links to a few Uber lead initiatives in place to empower women and underserved communities.
Note: This blog post was created in partnership with Uber however all ideas are my own