Text: Naomi Shimada
Photography: Christina Jin
Alexandra Van Praag is a proud Latino.
I’m Venezuelan. My mom is from a very small town that even Venezuelan’s don’t know exists (Capatarida) and my dad is a city boy from Maracaibo. I am proud to be Latina and my culture is something that is a huge part of who I am. Although I grew up in Houston, it’s been difficult adjusting to the culture here in Pittsburgh because in Houston there was a large amount of Latinos (and specifically Venezuelans).
The Fashion Show was one of the reasons that Van Praag came to CMU.
I saw the show when I came for COD weekend last year and honestly was one of the reasons I came to CMU. I thought it was really cool and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
For Van Praag, she’s experienced discrimination because of being a woman. She defines discrimination against women as “anything done to prevent or exclude a woman from doing something solely because she is a female.”
The most discrimination I face is definitely in school, whether it’s working on a project or something else. I often times am brushed to side or ignored and feel my voice is drowned out by my male peers.
She believes that if women support each other they can end discrimination against women.
Leading by example, we need to support each other and have each other’s backs. Show our peers and children (if we choose to have them) how to treat women.