"I really believe in the power of being raw and honest, especially in a society that encourages constant portrayal of perfection."
MARISA: I’m from Austin, Texas (born and raised bb!) I’m 19 and I am currently attending Pepperdine University. I come from a very diverse background growing up in a very liberal city in a very conservative state, with a liberal Latina for a mother and a conservative dude for a father. My family is a very big part of who I am today, whether it’s good or bad. My best friends are my hippy dippy brother, and my soulmate cameron. I’m pretty sarcastic, my dad still tells me I have an attitude problem.
GBN: What are you doing in life currently?
MARISA: I am currently majoring in Political Science and minoring in Women’s Studies at Pepperdine University. I’m also a Delta Gamma, woo! I’m in monogamous relationship with my rad boyfriend, Adnan. I’m about to study abroad in Argentina! I don’t really know what i’m doing besides that, just trying to take everything day by day.
GBN: The weirdest/quirkiest characteristic, fact or thing about yourself.
MARISA: I have a rat tattoo. I love spaghetti westerns.
GBN: Favorite thing in life right now?
MARISA: Somethings I’ve been really into recently are Girlpool, quirky earrings, and Zoe Kravitz.
GBN: What are your passions?
MARISA: I am a huge advocate for mental health and intersectional equality. Mental Health is important to me because it’s something super personal, I have and continue to struggle with severe depression and suicidal thoughts, so i want to be able to raise awareness that it is something very common and you’re not alone. Intersectional equality is personal to me because i feel so passionately that everyone should be treated with the same respect and we all deserve the same opportunities as each other. Also fostering puppies is my vocation.
GBN: What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
MARISA: Something I would tell a young me is to relax. Take things day by day. Don’t rush to grow up so quickly.
GBN: An experience or time that you’ve been really proud to be a female.
MARISA: I think the time i was most proud to be a female was at the LA women’s march last year. I was not only surrounded by strong women whom i know personally but by THOUSANDS of strong woman who were willing to advocate for their own personal beliefs. Being an individual female, with my pierced nips in my pink t-shirt, burning with rage and passion, overcome with emotion, in that sea of women was indescribable. I definitely cried.
GBN: What do you love most about yourself?
MARISA: The thing I love most about myself is my willingness to be open. I really believe in the power of being raw and honest, especially in a society that encourages constant portrayal of perfection. Sometimes people tell me i need a filter but i’m like fuck that.
GBN: Biggest style or lifestyle influences.
MARISA: Street style models on Pinterest haha.
GBN: What does “girlie but not” mean to you: What do you think being a female in this day
and age means? Why is it important?
MARISA: I think “girlie but not” means that you’re a woman and you’re feminine but you’re not everyone else’s definition of feminine. It’s important that you’re your own individual girlie and you’re badass because you know who you are regardless of other people’s opinions.
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