What Authenticity Means to Olivia

1. WHY DOES AUTHENTICITY MATTER TO YOU?

Authenticity matters to me because it teaches me to continuously go within to listen to my needs and pay attention to how I feel and why I feel a particular way. Authenticity also keeps me grounded in who I am and to celebrate my story, my roots, and my values. It’s a daily practice.

2. WAS THERE A DEFINING MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT CEMENTED THE MEANING OF AUTHENTICITY FOR YOU?

Some people have certainly helped me unravel the meaning of authenticity in my life and were influences in different stages of my life. They helped me get more and more clear on its purpose. I’d say one defining “moment” would have to be my father’s relationship with epilepsy and unpacking my own relationship with him around the vulnerability and guilt it carried. They say “actions speak louder than words,” but I learned that words can be just as powerful and can heal too.

3. INFLUENCER/BRAND YOU FOLLOW THAT TAKES AUTHENTICITY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL?

I LOVE @salty.world. It doesn’t get any more real than the Salty newsletter. The stories are beautiful, insightful, and so profoundly raw. Nothing is left untouched (pun intended). Their mission is to dismantle sexism, racism, homophobia, and the patriarchy through stories and dialogues centered around the body, sexuality, mental health, and many other societal stigmas. And don’t you dare mess with Salty’s community! Salty has its own kind of beehive, and that’s a testament to how valuable and essential it is to have platforms like Salty to give voices to stories that would otherwise stay in the shadows. Salty celebrates our similarities and differences as humans but goes above and beyond to show what the true meaning of inclusion is.