I am not your Exotic princess
I am not your brown girl experiment
I do not need you to rescue me
I do not need you to convert/educate/expose me
I am not your colonized Oriental wet dream
I am not your manic pixie
I am not your dream girl
I am not your little artist
I am not your hidden summer fling
I am not your forbidden treasure
I am not your student -
     my innocence is not yours to corrupt
I am not your exotic secret -
     don’t fucking call me exotic
I am not your gateway to India
I am not your ticket to adventurous hipster status.

Learn me, my background, my faith, my culture,
     my identity.
Learn the way your ancestors robbed, humiliated,
     destroyed mine.
Learn our history, learn your history, learn to love
Learn to love the differences, embrace the divisions
     and build bridges of equality.
Learn me with Love - 
     Learn me with Respect.

I am not your Exotic.

I’m a fucking Queen.

These dark tropic eyes take the blackest kohl
     Like my mother’s,
          and my mother’s mother’s,
               and my mother’s mother’s mother’s
Big dark lips, sunshine smile, dusky gold skin
      copper skin, bronze skin, brown skin, black skin
           skin of sin
Untamed hair black as night
Short frame, slender builds, childlike - 
     curving woman - 
          I do not curve, frolic, dance
               for you.

Middle Eastern, Latina, Indian, North African, Asian 
       ambiguous princess
            - keep guessing -
I am none of these things
I am all of this and more -
      I am royalty 

I hold universes within my soul
      colliding galaxies
Don’t try to pin me down to an arbitrarily named fragment
      of Earthen geography
Call it the name of my ancestors  
      this earth-bound heaven
            Shonar Bengal

Mystery girl with the dark far-off eyes, olive skin, 
     dancing gait
     Mysterious? Ask me questions
     Far-off eyes? Probably distracted
     Olive skin? I tan fast
     Dancing gait? I believe in dance
I am not your artist or sunshine drug

Learn me with Respect
Learn me with Love

Learn me by my Name.

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Watercolor on Cotman watercolor paper (300gsm)

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Finally upgraded my lil watercolour pan to this big hunk of love <3


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More pages from my latest travel sketchbook (Stillman & Birn Gamma pocketbook) in Turkey. Done with a sepia Pitt marker and Cotman pocket watercolors. 

More travel sketches in my blog: Been there, drawn that

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Type o Negative iPad-Painting

Painted in Procreate on an iPad2

Watch the making-of Video here

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PSA: because I keep seeing that shitty manipulated photo of Emma Watson on my dash. THAT PHOTO WAS PHOTOSHOPPED.  The original photo (with another from the same shoot, is from 2011 with Mariano Vivanco) are pictured above. Please don’t perpetuate this error. 

Deliberately spreading an altered image of Emma Watson which purports to show her breasts as a statement against threats of nude photo leaks is the height of hypocrisy and whoever did it should be ashamed. (x)

omg didnt know

Yeah I got an anon telling me about this one, so signal boost

Reblogging the original photo!!

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