Get to Know 5 Women From the #IAmAnImmigrant Campaign
Among all the incredible things to celebrate this month (hello, summer!), June is also a time to embrace our immigrant heritage. With the help from an ongoing effort by Welcome.us, the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign has emerged in time for Immigrant Heritage Month.
Including photographs by Emmy-Award winning director Cary Fukunaga of "Beasts of No Nation" and "True Detective," the campaign features the immense involvement and support from celebrities like Margaret Cho and Kerry Washington.
Welcome.us encourages you to join the movement by using the hashtag #IAmAnImmigrant, changing your profile pictures to include the logo, and representing the movement by purchasing an official campaign t-shirt.
Learn more about five of the incredible women supporting the movement.
Lupita Nyong'o | Though born in Mexico City to Kenyan Parents, Lupita Nyong'o spent most of her life in Kenya before traveling back to Mexico as a teenager to learn Spanish. After graduating from the acting program at the Yale School of Drama, Nyong'o stunned viewers with her role in "12 Years a Slave." Best known for her acting, she has continued to impress audiences, and proudly calls the United States home.
Margaret Cho | A daughter to parents born in Korea, Margaret Cho was raised in San Francisco where she grew up surrounded by people of different occupations, races, and lifestyles. "To say it was a melting pot — that's the least of it." Cho states, "It was a really confusing, enlightening, wonderful time." Now, Cho is best known for her comedy and acting, and works to break the stereotypes of her Korean-American culture, and open the discussion of important issues through humor.
Kerry Washington | While Kerry Washington was born in Bronx, N.Y., her mother is from Jamaica and of English, Scottish, and Native American descent. Her father and his family are natives of Brooklyn and South Carolina. "We are not sure which members of his family were slaves and which were free blacks," Washington told the Evening Standard of her father's relatives. And, having starred as the lead actress in powerful films like "Django Unchained" and "Confirmation," Washington has played various roles that touch on both race and womanhood in the world.
Rosario Dawson | "I'm the descendent of immigrants," Rosario Dawson states in support of the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign. Although she was born in New York City, she is of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent on her mother's side, and Irish and Native American descent on her father's side. While she is highly regarded for many of her roles in movies like "Rent," Dawson has also become a huge political and social activist of our time.
Estelle | A singer-songwriter and actress born in London, England, Estelle Swaray (better known as Estelle) was born to a mother from the West African nation of Senegal, and a father from the small Caribbean island of Grenada. Living with a very religious family and listening primarily to American gospel as she grew up, Estelle devoted her time to a music career, and proudly supports the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign.
Arianna Huffington | Named Arianna Stassinopoulus at birth, Arianna Huffington was born in Athens, Greece before she moved to the United States in 1980 at the age of 30. Quickly becoming one of media's biggest authors and moguls, Huffington has jumped on the campaign bandwagon because, according to her recent tweet, "Now, more than ever, it's important we stay united."