The "-isms" with Social Media Influencer, Mandie Torres

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Mandie Torres, social media influencer, @dandy.mandie posts show almost every side of her from going to shows, parties, community events, posting funny/dumb videos, talking about social injustices, self love, relationships, learning about your roots, empowering women and just people in general, or her just straight up feeling herself. Lately Mandie has been getting more involved and planning events about culture, self love/care, decolonization, and creating spaces for POC to feel comfortable and not alone in their experiences; and for them to just kick back and catch a breath in a system that barely allows us to. 

"Social media has it’s pro and its cons but, it’s so much easier to spread awareness which is always a pro" - Mandie Torres

Brown Girls Rising is a partnership with Nylon Espanol to elevate the conversation of feminist action, leadership, community involvement, and culture.

In this episode, we chat with social media influencer, Mandie Torres about the feeling of otherness. In this interview, Mandie talks about growing up in a primarily white school and how she uses that to her advantage now.

“I wouldn’t say I felt weird, but it was confusing because I was born in America but I wasn’t American enough. It’s like i live here but, Mexican is what runs through my blood”  

Mandie also talk about finding her voice and using that to help people despite potential backlash.

“I always try to practice what I preach. Be unapologetic. Stand your ground, even if you look like a bitch. Say what you have to say”

Audrey talks about the struggle of being perceived one way due to social media and how she overcame that during the rise of Worthy Women.

“I wasn’t aware of how many people were digging what I was posting and how it was helping them” - Mandie Torres

This episode, Brown Girls Rising Episode 22, can be found at, SoundCloud, or on iTunes.

This episode was recorded in sunny Downtown Los Angeles at Maker City LA.