Meet Amy Quichiz
ON HER MORNING ROUTINE
I take five to ten minutes to stretch in bed or on my yoga mat. I thank God for giving me another day, and then hop in the shower! I use Glossier’s body wash and Milky Jelly Cleanser. After, I use Mario Badescu’s facial spray with aloe, herbs and rose water to wake me up. Whenever I wash my hair, I braid it so that the next day, I have volume.
on her background and interest in women's rights
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology from Syracuse University where I dedicated my time volunteering and raising my voice for reproductive rights, especially for folks that don’t have access to health care. In academia, it is more about unlearning than learning. My professor talked about white supremacy, and my eyes opened to the real reason why I hated being brown. Academia can be very violent and traumatic, especially at a white private institution, but it can be healing. I found all my brown sisters that helped me learn about myself along the way.
I interned at an immigration shelter near the border between Mexico and Guatemala to help folks navigate their way to the US, unpack their trauma, and create workshops for folks about trans and gender violence. Since then, I have been writing at Bold Latina about becoming a powerful brown woman, self-love, and mental health in a Latinx household, which has led me to speak at SUNY Oneonta, NYU, and other colleges to talk about mental health and decolonizing beauty.
on the daily activities that contribute to activism
I stay motivated by knowing that there are so many people behind me in the movement. When I get home from my job, I use my computer to fight for food justice. When I talk to my parents about why my day was so horrible, I talk about my depression and mental health. When I eat my plant-based food, I think about the water and animals I am saving. I stay motivated by knowing that I am trying to do something for others with every chance I get.
on being an outlet for her community and her goals
I aspire to be an outlet for my community by helping them navigate the healthcare system, decolonize their diets, or talk about gender roles and patriarchal violence within family structures. I hope to have my own organization that helps women of color, specifically Latinx and Afro-Latinx women who have been sexually assaulted and/or abused through border violence. I hope to work through the UN. As long as I’m helping women, I consider it a dream job.
on organizations with supportive resources
My mother came to this country fleeing a domestic violence situation. I want to help other women that have been through her steps. I support organizations that know that the fight is not temporary or about declaring “love is love,” but also work to dismantle cis hetero monogamous relationships, the capitalist system, and give resources that people need. I support Make the Road, Queens Anti Gentrification, and The Malala Fund.
on food justice and founding Veggie Mijas
We live in a system that keeps black and brown folks restrained from having a healthy lifestyle. Food Justice is talking about how animals are hurt, workers are mistreated in a cycle of violence, and the lack of resources to amazing food in the hood. My sorority sister, Mariah, and I founded Veggie Mijas, a collective that highlights the importance of having a plant-based lifestyle by being vegan or vegetarian, while also intersecting race, gender identity, class, and sexuality. It creates a space where we feel connected, and folks can share recipes, potlucks, or events. I see us creating art, making workshops for kids, and teaching them about fruit. Folks can be a part of Veggie Mijas by sending recipes, daily routines, poems, stories about food justice, and create potlucks in any city. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with POC and vegan/vegetarians in any city.
on self-care and rituals
I write in my journal about events or waves of depression and anxiety. Journaling is there to listen and feel the moment. I love meditating as well. I try to do yoga twice a week while listening to calm yoga music on Spotify. I love to sing and play my ukulele to connect with my inner child. I also love going to the playground where I used to go as a kid and go on the swings where I’m the most vulnerable. It’s the first place I've always run to whenever I’ve had heartbreak. It's a place where I remind myself that I’ve been here before and it’ll be okay. I also recommend Yogi Bedtime Tea.
On the importance of therapy
It's important to make somewhere your happy space, and talk to someone that makes you feel like the world isn’t ending. Talking to a therapist has always been helpful for me, especially when I’ve been at my worst. It doesn’t hurt to try it.
on her beauty routine
I love using the natural look by Glossier, and using the priming moisturizer, skin tint, boy brow, concealer, cloud paint blush, and moon lidstar. I also use MILK makeup's highlight. If I’m going to the club or on a date, I will wear Fenty’s foundation, Too Faced Chocolate Concealer, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow palette, Stila gold highlight, Stila black eyeliner, Too Faced “Better than Sex”, Anastasia Chocolate Dipbrow, and my favorite lipstick: Ruby Woo Mac lipstick. A good lipstick that replaces the Ruby Woo Mac Lipstick is “Cupid’s Bow” by Suavecito, an all vegan WOC Latinx brand. The product I am in love with is the Fenty Trophy Wife highlight. I think it is so beautiful because it meant for brown and black skin.
I usually put coconut oil in my hair. I neither straight nor dye my hair frequently. I got blonde highlights, so my mom recommended me to put avocado in my hair. Other than that, I’m blessed by my Incan ancestors!
amy's favorite books
Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock, Babe by Petra Collins
amy's favorite places IN new york city
Bites: Cafe Henri, Kith Treats Milkshakes, Punjabi Deli's Vegetable Pakora, Van Leeuwen Ice cream
Vegan Foods: VSpot, Champs Diner, The Montrose, Red Bamboo, Sweetgreen
Favorite Shops: Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21
Gallery/Museums: Museum of Moving Images, El Museo del Barrio
Parks: Gantry Plaza Park in Long Island City
Latinx Dance Clubs: Kabu Lounge by Northern Blvd in Jackson Heights, La Boom by Northern Blvd, Melody Club in Astoria
Food Supply: Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, a local bodega