ABOUT PROJECT MAGANDA
My name is Erin Oquindo. I’m a Filipino-American writer from Nashville, Tennessee studying Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, with a concentration in diversity in advertisement and entertainment media.
So: what is Project Maganda? What does it mean, and for what does it stand?
The word “maganda” means “beautiful” in Tagalog, my father’s native language. “Project Maganda” literally translates to “Project Beautiful.” While I personally don’t speak Tagalog, I wanted this blog to have a connection to as many facets of my life as possible, including my ethnic background. Since I’m mixed, having the connection my Filipino side was really important to me when conceptualizing this website.
Project Maganda (or PM for short) is a blog dedicated to encouraging self love, challenging the standardized image of beauty in the media, and showcasing underrepresented people groups such as people of color, plus size individuals, and those with varying sexualities and gender identifications.
This blog was created first as a personal journal to normalize my own physique to myself, as I began writing in August of 2013 after recovering from an eating disorder. From these writings, I’ve formulated a plan to turn this blog into a full-blown publication that focuses on the same things this blog does, but with more resources, more coverage, more more more. That’s the dream.
So, thanks for joining me. Let’s see where this takes us.
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