Ruby Veridiano is a fashion changemaker. She is a writer, fashion correspondent and speaker whose work focuses on connecting the dots between women's empowerment and socially-conscious fashion, as well as promoting diversity & inclusion in the fashion industry. She has been a contributing correspondent for NBC News, NYLON Magazine and Mic.com, and has interviewed designers Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam and Prabal Gurung, among other multicultural designers in the fashion industry. Ruby has worked on the social responsibility team of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Group in Paris, where she worked on global diversity initiatives. She is a proud Asian American from California now living in Paris, sharing her ‘glamour for good’ approach to life & style. She hearts Dior and Dim Sum. Find her at her website or on Instagram at @RubyVeridiano.
How Paris Fashion Introduced Me to the Global Asian Diaspora and Made Me Realize Just How American I Am
Raised in California by Filipino and Chinese parents, I grew up identifying as an Asian American. I suppose that is also how society saw me: Asian first, American second. For a while, I didn’t really mind. After all, I had a strong cultural identity and I was proud of my heritage. But four years ago, I moved to France, and suddenly I had to learn how to navigate a new existence: abroad, I am American first, Asian second.