Today we are joined by Erin’s cousin, the lovely Julianna Williams, who was adopted from Brazil along with her brother by Erin’s aunt when she was 11 years old. After talking about her experience being raised in a white family, Julianna shares how her adopted mom always encouraged her to embrace her heritage and made her feel part of the family from the day one.
The two talk about the fact that some people think it is okay to comment on others’ bodies, how such remarks (whether “good” or “bad”) can impact your body image, and why measuring individuals by the beauty standards of their ethnicity is problematic. On the topic of living up to other people’s expectations, Julianna gets into her frustrations at being pressured to move onto the “next” phase of her life when she is not ready to do so, and Erin shares some words of wisdom about each of us knowing what the right timeline looks like for us. Tuning in, listeners will also hear them discuss the dangerous dynamic that social media introduces to growing up, white privilege, inclusivity, facial hair, veganism and the importance of putting up healthy boundaries.
Our email this week (42:08) is about why the texture of some natural products changes depending on the season.
Call Outs from the Episode:
“I’m the type of person who is good at setting boundaries but I’m not good at doing that as much with family and close people because I don’t want to push anybody away.” — Julianna Williams [0:21:00]
“The challenge is, nobody knows what the right timeline is more than you do.” — @erinsfaces [0:24:25]
“It bugs me when somebody picks on you because of your body, because that is your body. You can work out and be fit but your fit might not be somebody else’s fit.” — Julianna Williams [0:32:45]