“I kept receiving the same message again and again and again: That my identity was an obstacle I had to overcome – and so I thought, “Come at me, obstacle!”
It’s not like we needed another reason to stan America Ferrara, who first charmed her way into our hearts way back in 2006 in “Ugly Betty” (who else re-binged the entire series during quarantine?) and remains a daily bright spot in our Instagram feeds. But then we happened to trip over her TedTalk, “My Identity is a Superpower – Not an Obstacle”… And so here we are, loving her more than ever before.
“I couldn’t change what a system believed about me, while I believed what the system believed about me,” America says. “And I did. I, like everyone around me, believed that it wasn’t possible for me to exist in my dream as I was, and I went about trying to make myself invisible. What this revealed to me was that it is possible to be the person who genuinely wants to see change, while also being the person whose actions keep things the way they are.”
There is so much strength and encouragement in this TedTalk, and we’ll let America speak for herself – since we couldn’t do her justice anyway! But kick back, take notes and step into your power, keeping in mind that “change will come when each of us has the courage to question our own fundamental values and beliefs and then see to it that our actions lead to our best intentions and then see to it that our actions lead to our best intentions”.