“We been poppin’,” Monica Veloz (known as @monicastylemuse on social media) says while pointing to her brown skin halfway through a Get Ready With Me video. “Y’all just found out — but we been poppin'.” Those sentiments were part of a candid conversation the 27-year-old beauty influencer had with her followers in a video titled "I Chose My Career Over My Family." In it, Veloz opens up about coming of age in her Dominican household and growing to be confident in her skin.
"When I move through the world, society doesn’t see a Dominican girl or whatever [the media] has made Latinas look like. They see a Black woman."
"It's never too late to embrace who you are."