Coming from a Polynesian cultural background, our people have been recognized for one thing, and one thing only. SPORTS. So what happens if you can't dribble a ball, score a touchdown, or bench 200 lbs?
That was the question that sparked an idea. An event called Our Legacy was created and hosted by some amazing Polynesian women. This event provided an opportunity for the Polynesian community to see what their options are outside of sports. A panel made up of Polynesian men and women from different career paths in Utah Valley was created to open a discussion with the audience. Between a beauty influencer @ashleyauvaa, a food blogger (@lifewithvoni), a tattoo artist (@lalaellsworth), a fashion designer (@afaahloo) and others, they were able to shed light on what it's like seeking careers outside of the conformities of Polynesian people. Each of them had a story to tell. Each of them had experiences that expounded on our cultural pros and cons regarding education, work ethic, and careers.
There were multiple times during the event that I almost started crying. For so long, I was wondering if I was the only person going through this. It was an eye opening experience to share this moment with my brothers and sisters within the Polynesian community as we spoke about taboo topics and a need for change. I clung on to every word that was shared at this event and I'm so glad that I attended!
One of the highlights of the event was being able to help my friend Penny Fuimaono (@pennalicia) backstage with her collection. Penny is the definition of a dreamer. She's carved her way into the fashion industry. Penny is an incredible photographer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. With her new business on the rise (@wheredowefit) , she was able to put together a show for Our Legacy. Creating looks inspired from her new business with Zyia Active, Penny infused her own personal aesthetic by sharing her version of athleisure apparel.
It's always incredible to work with Penny and witness the amount of creativity that goes into her fashion shows. I am so thankful that I got to work backstage to help her out for this event. She's always been a huge inspiration to me as a designer and I'm so thankful that she got to share her talent with us at the Our Legacy event.
So what happens if you can't dribble a ball, score a touchdown, or bench 200 lbs? The answer is: whatever the hell you want. The only person stopping you is YOU. If there's one thing that you should take away from this blog post, it's that you are not alone. There are people who are just like you, searching for their path in life. Our legacy is what we make of it. Be a dreamer!
And shoutout to Kara (@leischu) for these photos from the event! Make sure to give her a follow too!