What is it that empowers you most?
What empowers me the most is seeing the actions of the people I admire result in success. Observing a true trailblazer is what’s always made a huge impression on me my whole life.
What is it that you love most about yourself?
I love the fact that I’m really not like everyone else. When I was younger I thought it was a disadvantage, turns out being authentic is the key to life.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
I love make-up and when I have a good solid look going I not only feel beautiful but feel very strong. Aside from the aesthetics, I feel the most beautiful inside when I’m around my family when they’re happy.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
I’ve always looked up to Frida Khalo because of her determination to do everything she wanted to on her terms despite her many obstacles.
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
I’ll always love Tura Satana for breaking barriers as a woman in film who played strong roles, she’s a former Miss Japan pin up model. One of biggest hero’s of all time is John Waters, for being himself and shaking up the world while still maintaining humor, intelligence and hard work.
Brody Dalle, she’s a very talented songwriter and musician from Australia who followed her music dream when she was a teenager and has been living them out to this very day. She’s my all time favourite musician.
“being authentic is the key to life.”
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
I’d love to be Jem from Jem and the Holograms. I’ve wanted to be her since I was little, she’s what started the whole make-up thing for me and got me very interested in music at an early age.
What is your biggest life goal?
My biggest goal in life is to not settle for anything but extraordinary, do what I want and be respected.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment so far has been my radio career, I really didn’t think I’d end up where I am today, I really enjoy what I’m doing.
What is your favourite quote?
“Life is nothing if you’re not obsessed” – John Waters
If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
I’d tell my 12 year old self to get a grip, everything’s going to work out.
What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism to me means standing up to all forms of female oppression. Having the guts to stand up and say something’s not right and going the distance.
Melissa is a Radio DJ and Program Coordinator at Rhythm 104.7FM in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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