1. the act or action of representing, the state of being represented
2. the way that someone or something is shown or described
3. the fact of including different types of people, for example in movies, politics, or sports, so that all different groups are represented
I have received some very good advice in my life from some very wise people. But this very simple statement that I think of quite often actually came from a television show.
A woman was unsure of whether or not to purchase a dress because she felt it might bring too much attention to herself. Her son looked at her, seeing how much she loved it and said to her, "Be bold."
When I created this series I was uncertain if I should publish them and share them with others. But then this phrase came to me, as it has many times now since I first heard it. "Be Bold."In the spirit of the boldness that those I portray below have lived out, here is my YAS QUEEN collection. I hope you too can find ways to be bold.
As a child I deserved to learn about more people that have done good in the world who happened to look like me, my friends, my family, & everyone I saw on the street, at the park, in the store or museum or anywhere else. Sadly, school often showed me that successful, historical, & worthy role models usually only look one way & that I had to look up to them. What I know now is that the pool of people presented was highly curated and selective. This was something that did no one any favors.
Representation matters. & if you've never stopped to consider the value of having a hero that looks like you, you may be fortunate enough to look like the heroes we were all exposed to. Sadly, not all of us were so fortunate. Success is not a state of being but a byproduct of diversity. That diversity includes the willingness to hold diverse ideas in your mind- something that anyone of any appearance can do. These Queens aren't meant to exclude anyone, but rather to add to the ranks of those regularly presented.
More Queens coming soon!
Though not yet available, the Queens of the YAS QUEEN series will eventually be available for purchase in sets. Add your email to the list to be alerted when they become available! You'll also be alerted when new Queens are created and packaged for sale.