Welcome to the first installment of ‘Muses and Queens’, where we look at different and diverse perspectives on being a woman in America, talk about their inspirations and goals as well as give an opportunity for women to express themselves through portraits.
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Sarah is a young Mexican American woman from Springfield, VA. Sarah has a youthful, fiery spirit that I’m sure many idolize. In order to learn more about her personality, I took some time out following the shoot to ask her some fun facts about her as well as some deeper questions that gives an idea of what her aspirations and inspirations are.
What’s your favorite food?
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Jalisco, Mexico because it’s a rich center of culture in Mexico. It has an interesting synthetic mix between indigenous Mexicans and Hispanics (Mexicans who also have Spanish blood). This mix is made evident in dances, fashion and the way they speak Spanish. As someone who loves to study culture and personal history, Jalisco has been a point of fascination for me for quite some time.
Who is your role model, and why?
Tania Teyacapan, she is a strong woman and an indigenous Mexican (not to be confused with a Hispanic), she’s also a notable contemporary political activist in California. She inspires me to challenge myself to be a better political activist in my community and understand my heritage as a Latina.
What mantra or quote do you live by, and why?
“Well behaved women rarely make history”-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I love this quote because it’s basically a middle finger to society’s gender norms. I like to think of myself as the type of woman to be assertive and while some people may be threatened by that or feel uncomfortable with it, I’ve found that to be successful you have to be assertive and strong.
What career aspirations do/did you have? What made you interested in this career?
I want to be a diplomat or even a politician because I want to be the change.
Leading up to the election and especially following it I came to the conclusion that the U.S. political systems needs a lot of work. However, rather than complain about it, I took Gandhi’s advice and decided to be the change that I wanted to see in the world. That being said I wanted to also be able to utilize my love of languages and culture in my career as well, which is why I felt being a diplomat suited me best. However, if I were to be a politician I would certainly be doing work related to foreign policy.
If your personality had a spirit animal, what would it be and why?
A bull, for sure. I’m stubborn but I work hard and I always get the job done.
I would like to thank Sarah for allowing me to feature her in the first issue of “Muses and Queens”. Her responses were awesome and made for a great article! Be sure to follow her on Instagram at @Sarahstrohecker. Come back next month on the first Wednesday in February for our next feature in the “Muses and Queens” series. See you next time!