“My people and communities inspire and empower me every day. I find strength in my family and my beautiful friends.” Content creator and university student Meissa Mason (@meissamason), who is Wiradjuri, Gomeroi and Awabakal, expresses herself through creative MUA looks, advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and Aboriginal groups while educating others on First Nations peoples’ history and culture. She even created a series, “Aboriginal Comic Book Heroes You Probably Didn’t Know Existed.” “Indigenous peoples across the globe are some of the most underrepresented voices and communities in the world yet face some of the biggest hardships. Our stories and voices deserve to be heard and accommodated, too. I want all Indigenous youths to know that they matter and who you are matters. We are all so diverse in our looks, our interests, our life experiences, so don’t feel like you need to fit a certain mold or be a specific sort of person. Existence is resistance. Just by being yourself you are diversifying spaces and making our ancestors proud.” Photo by @meissamason

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