My white dress was just the icing on the cake, a dream I had for so long, but the icing was not enough.
I am a first-generation American, and the only white woman in my family, and as such, I feel a deep sadness when I see the photos of me dressed as a woman of colour.
But I also have the ability to do things differently.
I started my career in advertising, but I was quickly hired into corporate positions.
I worked in digital, web, print, and social media for companies ranging from Google to Microsoft.
In my free time I worked as a freelance social media consultant.
When I started my new career, I was still a full-time mom and a single woman, and I didn’t think I could make it in advertising.
It wasn’t until I was working in the same industry as a senior VP and the first white woman ever to be promoted to senior VP, that I thought I could work in an advertising agency.
It was a turning point for me, a sense of self-belief and purpose.
I realized that the only way I could truly be myself and become successful as an advertising executive was to work in the world where I was already a part of.
I’ve had a lot of experiences where I’ve been the only person of colour in the room.
In some companies I’ve worked in the industry and seen a white person.
But most of my clients have been white.
So I’m not only seeing a white woman being in the white space, but also being in a space where I am also the only one.
This past summer I moved from New York City to Austin, Texas, a city where I’m from and where I want to build my own brand.
In Austin, I got to meet so many amazing, talented people, and in the process I learned so much about myself.
It has been a real life-changing experience for me.
I also got to experience how diverse Austin is.
When I first moved here, there was one store in the mall.
And now there are two!
I’m lucky to be living in one of the biggest cities in the country and it has opened my eyes to the incredible diversity of our city.
The white wedding industry is booming, but what is still unique about me is that I don’t see it as a career.
I see it more as an opportunity to learn about the world I love.
I think this experience has given me a lot more confidence in my ability to achieve my goals.
It’s also made me realize that I could be an ambassador for the world.
I’ve had so many wonderful experiences in the wedding industry, but now I have an opportunity for the white wedding world to see me, and other women of colour, for who I am.
As for my future?
I want a career in the beauty industry and to do that, I want clients to look at me and say, “This is who you are.
This is the kind of person you are, this is what you can do.”
I want the world to know I’m different and have more than one way of being.