S5/Ep 8//Color of Success
Marie Antoinette is a multi-talented creative who has made a name for herself as an author, filmmaker, and creative designer. In a recent interview, she discussed the concept of Colorism, which is the prejudicial treatment of people of the same race based on their skin pigmentation. This topic inspired her to create a documentary to raise awareness about the issue.
Marie Antoinette also shared some insights into her personal life, including how she manages her time across multiple projects and prioritizes self-care. She also discussed the meaning behind her name.
Finally, Marie Antoinette gives some valuable advice on how to address racism and Colorism in everyday interactions with people. She emphasized the importance of education and empathy, and encouraged everyone to be open to learning about and understanding the experiences of others.
“My work is about creating art in all forms for all people” – Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette is an Author, Filmmaker and Creative Designer. She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida.
Passionate about community initiatives that encourage healthcare education and supports children as well as single-parent homes, Marie studied healthcare services, which led her into the field of anesthesiology.
With a deep-rooted curiosity about fashion and art and how these industry sectors impact inclusivity, Marie’s true calling emerged when a woman in a fabric store told her “You’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl”.
Surprised that skin tone and color were still such a big part of society’s narrative, Marie started development on MELANIN; a documentary, book, and lifestyle brand that positively demystifies COLORISM (the biased or prejudicial treatment of people belonging to the same race, based on skin pigmentation).
In 2021, Marie launched SAPPHIRE DIAMONDS. A bold and inclusive clothing brand. She also created the SAPPHIRE DIAMOND AWARDS, an award that recognizes members of the community who are making an impact through relevant socio-economic initiatives.
This year, Marie will launch Part II of her MELANIN documentary and will expand her messaging about fashion, inclusivity, and art in partnership with several corporate and educational institutions around the country.
A self-professed foodie, in her spare time, Marie loves to cook, enjoy meals with family and friends and spend time by the water.
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