Hi I'm Ashlene! I started Aussie Women of Colour (AussieWOC) as an Instagram page in 2018 to celebrate Australian women of colour. After a lot of trolling and negativity which you can read about here, I changed the name to 'Unlearning Shit' to focus on a range of topics beyond racism in fashion and beauty. The journey has been an eye-opener and I'm proud to have a social community where we can exchange thoughts on anti-racism with both POC and Allies. On this blog, I post a little more about the unlearning journey.
I'm a proud Fiji-Indian woman in her forties. Born in Australia, despite the teasing I loved being Indian. Because of strict parents, I ran away from home at 18 and then left again at 22. I lived in New York City for 18 years and then Atlanta for 2 years. My parents had a traditional mindset at the time, which was rooted in white supremacy, Islamaphobia etc. The unlearning journey for me has always been about questioning the establishment & status quo. I want to find the hard truths. And it's been surprisingly healing so far. If you would like to support my work, you can check out my baby beauty business VAYCAY BEAUTY. I sell luxury shampoo and conditioner bars, and I love the thought that I'm helping people reduce their plastic. Now, back to unlearning together!