Anna Akana‘s most recent video lists off things she would tell her 16-year-old self if she could go back in time and do so. Although she is specifically speaking to herself and her own experiences, it is clear that much of her advice can apply to everyone.
“First of all, put yourself first” she says. “I know it’s hard because you’re such a romantic, but God dammit, romance yourself.”
In addition to loving oneself, she also adds that girls ought to stop putting one another down, stop being afraid of going out there and reaching goals, stop making decisions purely based on fear and, most importantly, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”
Even if you aren’t sixteen anymore, there are words of wisdom in this video for everyone. Check it out for yourself.
You probably remember YouTube personality, Anna Akana, from her makeup tutorial that didn’t teach us anything about makeup, but was one of our favorites nonetheless. Obviously, only someone as awesome as Akana could pull off something like that.
Well, she’s back and this time, she’s angry. We can’t help but laugh along because the target of her anger happens to be something many of us have had to deal with: yellow fever.
Now before you get defensive and point out that people are allowed to have a “type,” you should know that Akana recognizes that, too. She’s not angry with men who happen to like Asian women; she’s angry at men who like women only because they’re Asian.
“These men, the problem with them is that they don’t give a f— about who you really are. The idea of you is enough,” Akana rants. “I don’t understand why you would romanticize an entire race as being submissive or weak or docile or delicate or fragile or whatever the f— is the allure of Asian women.”
“Now look, there’s nothing wrong with having a type,” she adds for clarification. “But yellow fever is when the only prerequisite for me to become your potential partner is the color of my skin. That’s cheap.”
Audrey Magazine is an award-winning national publication that covers the Asian experience from the perspective of Asian American women. Audrey covers the latest talent and trends in entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.