mengly hernandez, What's Underneath
Giving Birth at 15 to Her Greatest Teacher

We asked stylist Mengly Hernandez to be a part of the What's Underneath Project because underneath her jumbo-sized sunglasses and Edie Sedgwick mod hat is a single mom with the energy of a thoughtful yogi. Mengly rebelled against the environment she grew up in, where screaming supplanted communication, by having a holistic relationship with her son, who she felt was a gift when she had him at 18 years old. He taught her how to be open to people and to take down her walls of pain. We love it when the parent can see that the childĀ is their teacher.

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Mengly's video was edited by Andrea Cruz
What's Underneath is produced by Elisa, Lily, & Mona

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  • Dik-dik

    Kids are plugged skewed images of sex and gender so early on, for the cycle of body hate and body abuse to end, we need give them the tools to analyze social influence throughout their lives. Starting in preschool even, to build an appreciation for true human potential. And I'm not just talking about professional salaries/elite-education or pipedreams of fame/fortune/illumination. As the global citizenry of a post-information age, give each other the power to discriminate that the media is biased. Especially in terms of the an extremely biased over-representation of sexualized images of women, everywhere. Style is a defining factor in how we are perceived in the world and a higher consciousness in the appreciation of the purpose and possibilities of something like clothes is something every arm feels in a sleeve and every person knows in themselves regardless of whether that arm/person is 7, 14, 28, or 56. Fight the trend of materialistic children, kill the concept of tweens, And do it in schools SLU. A modification of the stripping to one's skivvies routine for kids, certainly.

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