Angela Dimayuga Is My New Hero

Who is Angela Dimayuga? Unless you’re an avid foodie, NYC resident or regular patron at Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side where she is the executive chef, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t have heard of her.

Well Ivanka Trump had, or at the very least her ‘lifestyle’ website team had. They approached her in April of this year to be interviewed for IvankaTrump.com … an irony that left Dimayuga ‘screaming’, she said.

Why was she screaming, I mean beyond the obvious reasons? Well, as a queer woman of color and daughter of immigrant parents, Dimayuga said she was “not interested in being profiled as an aspirational figure for those that support a brand and a President that slyly disparages female empowerment.”

She did thank them for thinking of her and being a fan of her work but was steadfast in her opinion that the website was far from being non-political … on Instagram!

“Thank you for thinking of me. I’m glad you are a fan of my work so much that you want to provide more visibility for my career to inspire ‘other working women. “

“So long as the name Trump is involved, it is political and frankly, an option for the IvankaTrump.com business to make a profit.”

“I don’t see anything empowering about defunding Planned Parenthood, barring asylum from women refugees, rolling back safeguards for equal pay, and treating POC/LGBT and the communities that support these groups like second class citizens.

“Sharing my story with a brand and family that silences our same voices is futile,” she said. “Thank you for the consideration.”

Dimayuga said she had considered simply ignoring the inquiry but decided it was a chance to speak up.

I for one am awfully glad she did!

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photo credit: Winnie Au for Goop.com

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