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Ashley Emiko, Digital Content Creator 05.04.23

Featured in our Liam Everything lookbook, Ash shares with us her hopes for now & the future and the ways in which we can strive to be the best versions of ourselves.

I’d love to see all people with periods rethinking the way they manage them; to ditch those single use period products and try some of the innovative products that are not only more comfortable but so much better for our precious planet.

Kia Ora, my name is Ashley Emiko. I am born in New Zealand, raised all over the world.

I am a proud indigenous woman with a mixed ethnic background of Māori, Persian and German. My roots are Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongomai Wahine. I work in mental health full time and am in my third year of my double Bachelor of Law & Sociology, minoring in psychology. I also work as a model and social media content creator! I am very passionate about people and the world we live in, people growing and being their best selves is something I absolutely admire!

Some things I hope for now and in the future are;

I’d love for people to realise just how amazingly unique they are and have the confidence to go out and do the things that feed their soul. Too many people gate keep their own potential.

I want everyone to take a chance for their own happiness! Apply for that job you dream about even though your brain is telling you that you’ll never get it, start that business you’ve always wanted to do deep down!! Try something new, don’t be afraid to tell that person you love them, leave that toxic relationship, don’t worry about what others say about you. You only live on this earth once and life is too short to be confined to a comfort zone!

I believe that the health and well-being of our society should be a priority. Both physical, and mental. Unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits have dominated our culture. The most noticeable reasons to me are the convenience of fast food chains, high prices for nutritious food, outdated beauty standards, and substance misuse and addiction. But I believe that we can make a change. I hope that people can understand how valuable their health and bodies are. Taking care of our health and wellbeing will lead to a longer, more fulfilling life. Lastly, I hope people can start making our environment a priority. We all need to value our planet a bit more. Some things we can do to help is reduce and eventually eliminate the use of plastics, swap out disposable utensils for reusables, don’t support large scale companies that contribute to the destruction of our ecosystems, and support causes that will fight for the protection of our current ecosystem. We can all play a part to benefit our planet that we call home, even just by practicing mindfulness and awareness.

These are things that I believe we can do, these improvements for our future are definitely possible, I have faith that we can, and we will do these things to benefit not only our future, but pave the way for generations to come!

Written by Ashley EmikoNgāti Kahungunu and Rongomai Wahine

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