I think inspiration runs in a circular motion so here’s to hoping I can inspire all the incredible gals as much as they all inspire me. Badass Women is a series about capturing that positive energy and spreading it. Wanna help? Read about these cool girls and share their features with the women that inspire you!!
What is your relationship with beauty?
Beauty is a concept that comes from within. Seeing the beauty in yourself helps you to see beauty in others. When you can embrace yourself and the world around you with open arms you will radiate positivity and confidence.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check my phone and say good morning to my closest friends.
Name 3 things that inspire you:
The Notorious RBG, little girls with big dreams, and my sisters art.
If you could give advice to yourself as a ten-year-old, what would you say?
NEVER STOP USING YOUR VOICE!!! People will constantly try to silence you and make you feel bad about having a strong mind and voice, but don't listen to them! You are beautiful and intelligent and a dreamer and never lose sight of that. Soon you will find an amazing group of people that support your voice and encourage you to speak out. Remember that all women who made history are the ones that didn't let anyone silence them!
What’s something you can’t live without?
Where did you grow up?
Sunny Southern California
How old are you?
15 years old
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about activism, feminism, equality, helping others, music, and hanging with my cats
Talk about the most challenging thing you’ve overcome, how did you do it?
Throughout my life, I have always strongly believed in the importance of equality. When I started to reach my teen years my ability to sustain these beliefs wavered. The stigma on kindness had arisen and people started to label me as an activist in a negative way. This negative labeling continued throughout the years where people challenged me on my beliefs and during a young woman’s life, her early teen years can be an extremely formative time. For me, this was the exact case. My peers influenced me in a way that actually made me question my stance and beliefs. As I have continued to grow and change, I have learned to stand up for myself, rather than feeling embarrassed or letting myself become discouraged. What I learned from my experience and what I continue to learn is that activism and discussion is a tremendously important part of growing up. Many teens feel socially pressured to not participate in what they enjoy for the fear that they may be ridiculed or isolated. In my case, although it took some time for me to get fully comfortable with voicing my beliefs, I now have found it and a community of people who support me. I am no longer afraid to be as outspoken as I desire because I realized that as history has shown, so many women have been silenced out of fear, and the ones who did not let other people stand in their way are the ones who made history.
Coffee or tea?
Ah don't make me decide
What movie changed the way you think about the world?
What do you like about dancing?
Dancing gives me the ability to feel music in my body and feel rhythm flow through me. It's an escape from life where you can let every emotion out and create art with it.
Where you can find Katie: https://www.instagram.com/katiemeitchik/
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