Her Story: Shakarya

As part of our Black History Month series, I would like you all to meet Shakarya. She tells us about her upbringing and the struggles she faced growing up as a women of mixed heritage in Austria.  (The Video is below)

“To fill the shoes of a young black woman is a challenging task. How does it feel to grow up as the only mixed girl in a white only society? How does it feel to not appreciate all your God given features because of what a white surrounding, bullied you into thinking, was their idea of beautiful? How does it feel to not be able to date outside your race because you are the ‘exotic’ one, the rare looking female that is just appreciated for her looks and not ALL of her personality? I sat down with @wonitachristine and told her about some of my experiences growing up as a mixed girl in Austria and growing into the confident woman I am today. It’s been a long time coming and I am glad I can share some of my story with the world for Black History month. I hope this gives some other women out there courage and hope that they are beautiful just the way they are and that you CAN still become the butterfly you are destined to be, despite others telling you otherwise.”

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