Today, June 11, 2017, was the 60th Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC. For those of you that haven't caught on, I am #PuertoRican. Both of my parents are first generation #Nuyoricans. Being Puerto Rican means/has a lot to do with who I am today. My drive, my creativity, my love of food, music and dancing - all derive from my ethnicity. I have always been denied this, or questioned, because I do not fit into the stereotype of what people believe a Puerto Rican looks like; what they believe a Spanish speaking person looks like. I have always had to stand up for who I am and how I identify culturally. This #selfie deeply reflects how I feel, stripped of color, vibrance and luminosity, as I have always been defined by the color of my skin and not for who I really am and where I come from.