This shadow box represents myself and how others view me, not only that but it also shows how I view myself. When people look at me, they see a young Latina girl who is not supposed to play rough sports and is weak. Many people assume that I am not strong enough compared to a male. I see myself being capable of believing that I am not weak. This is a counter narrative of myself to shut down many stereotypes put on me. My shadow box will hopefully let others know that I am a strong, independent, young female. Creating this project has been one of the ways I was able to speak up for myself. Throughout this project I have learned that I have power to stand up for myself and show others that I don’t go by society’s expectations.

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November 15, 2018 9:43 pm

Thank you for sharing your work. My name is David Lara and I am a student at Fremont High School.
Something I liked about your work was that you showed your roots that you never forgot where you came from . You showed some identities, like loving basketball and you showed how much you love your country/countries. Some advice is to maybe use a bit more pictures. But overall I loved the pictures you used and how you created the shadow box. (p.s yours came out better than mine) If you want to view my shadow box here is the link.

October 10, 2018 6:37 pm

Dear Leslie,
I really like your shadow box I like the fact how you haz the two flags showing where you from. I got to know that you are a independent person and a person who speaks up for yourself. Also how you like the WARRIORS/ basketball.

Ivy Delgadillo Santos
October 10, 2018 6:33 pm

Hey Leslie, I really like how your shadow box embraces multiple identities. One part of your art piece that stands out to me is the WNBA logo, which shows your love and passion towards basketball, and I’m sure that you will meet this aspiration. It does defy all stereotypes set on females, but the fact that you like basket ball shows how strong you truly are. So I look forward to seeing the next thing you post related to breaking down stereotypes and proving society wrong.

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