Meet Dominique Baker
A few years ago I came across Dominique Baker, the Canadian blogger behind Style Domination who lights up Instagram with her gorgeous smile and positivity. To me, she is exactly what the influencer world needs more of.
I admired her for her encouraging personality and fabulous style, and when the BLM movement began gaining momentum, my admiration grew as she began using her platform to share her voice during a difficult time.
Not everyone celebrated this shift, but she remained open and strong-- and has become a role model for many.
I am honoured Dominique could share what this year has felt like for her:
For example, some followers see me posting about Christmas, but still wish me a Happy Kwanzaa. They automatically think that I celebrate that holiday because I'm black. I also get "but...you sound so white!!" A LOT. That last one really bugs me. I correct people quickly when they say this.
My parents sacrificed a lot to move to Canada to raise us in a great neighbourhood and to send us to good schools. Telling me that "I sound so white" minimized all of the hard work they put in to raise me well. How are black people supposed to sound anyway?
It's easy for us to look to other countries and think "well, it's not like that here". But growing up in Canada, what has your experience been like as a Black woman?
So often people are silent because they don't want to hurt anyone by using the wrong words. What advice or thoughts would you give to those who are crippled by being "politically correct" and remain silent?
What is something you wish people would ask you about this time? Something you wish they wouldn't?
Many of us (myself included) have been "shocked" by what we have learned over the past few months as we've watched the Black Lives Matter movement. What would you like to say to people who are only now just understanding the depth of racial inequality?
You always seem to find ways to add more joy to your platform. What keeps you optimistic? What has been something (if anything) good that has come from these last few months?
Also, seeing people learning...loving their willingness to learn keeps me going. That right there is some of the good that has come from these past few weeks, along with seeing bad people being brought to justice.
I know many people worry things will slide back after the social media "hype" dies down. Do you think year 2020 will have a lasting impact?
What is one action that everyone can take that you think would make a real difference?
What are some BIPOC influencers or brands you would love to highlight and think everyone should know and follow?
Where can people continue to connect with you?
Photos courtesy of Style Domination