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Meet Diversity.

Yes, that's right! J U N G L E. F E V E R. is comprised of six women: Yaima, Natalia, Lauren, Daniela, Vanessa, and AJ and today we used our five steps to discuss what it means to be diverse. We're hoping that as you scroll, you're inspired to not only embrace who you are, but even more, those around you. Each of these woman have a different story, and while we're not going to discuss those details today, they did each take the time to share their perspectives on diversity. Under each model's name below you will find a few responses to a Diversity Questionnaire we put together. Feel free to click here to read the full document with all of the responses to our questions and without further ado, we would like to introduce you to...

Y A I M A

How do you encourage people to honor the uniqueness of each individual?

It is important to listen to everyone’s story. Every culture is different and whether a person chooses to practice certain things---their religion, beliefs, or how they dress, just appreciate it and respect it. Be open to learning new things even if you don't live your life that way.

How do you challenge stereotypes and promote sensitivity and inclusion?

Empathize! Find interest in others beliefs and opinions...

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N A T A L I A

What would you encourage others to do to embrace diversity?

To love, respect, encourage and promote each other. No matter what the racial background is.

How would you define beauty in your society?

People believe that beauty is what is on the outside. Big butt, big boobs, etc. but it's so much more than that.

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L A U R E N

What about you do YOU believe makes you diverse besides your race?

I'm very creative and not limited to one gift in particular. I am passionate about many different things from singing, painting, kids, being active, to writing. I believe I see things from an angle or perspective many others don't. I have something fresh to offer that sets me apart.

How do you think the world be different if we never considered beauty?

The world would be an even darker place without beauty. Beauty, the right kind of beauty – it brings hope.

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D A N I E L A

What would you encourage others to do to embrace diversity?

Be every way that they are. Mix it all up and trust that it's everything that the world needs. To trust and believe that simply being genuinely who they are, will inspire those around them. Own it. Be you.

What does the word beauty mean to you?

Anything and everything that causes a pause of wonder and admiration. Delight, enchantment, love, fulfillment, joy, healing, passion, breakthrough...

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V A N E S S A

What is your definition of diversity?

Diversity to me is about accepting and understanding a person's own individuality of the human race that make them unique.

What does the word beauty mean to you?

True beauty comes from within. It’s about the reflection of your character, actions, empathy and goodness. I feel like many people have a misconception on what true beauty is, and mostly it's because of the generation we are living in. Beauty to me is what's on the inside. It includes your personality, how you treat others, your confidence and being comfortable in your own skin. I do believe everyone is beautiful in their own way & It’s not always about the prettiest face or nicest body.

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A J

How do you challenge stereotypes and promote sensitivity and inclusion?

I not only embrace others but I try to challenge stereotypes and promote sensitivity and inclusion by making those around me aware. I'm not afraid to have "the conversation." Ones that usually people shy away from. Another thing I do is speak up, if I hear something that I may believe is insensitive or ignorant, I say something.

Respectfully...but I say something.

What do you find to be the most challenging about your racial background?

People take a look at me and more often than not, i'm immediately "the black girl." Yes, I am black but there's more to my background (or who I am) than the color you see on my skin. My racial background contains a lot of stereotypes that work against me on the daily. You name it: angry, poor, uneducated...

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Challenge: J U N G L E. F E V E R. is just like you, so this week we challenge our readers to answer the questions too. Remember our goal is to inspire conversation and showcase diversity in a creative way! Ask your friends and family how they would define diversity and challenge each other to push boundaries when it comes to the idea of beauty. Be inspired and don’t forget to share any creativity with us by using the hashtag #andieandaj on Instagram or Facebook!

Till tomorrow,

Andie & AJ

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