Check out the new single from Raye Zaragoza. Entitled “The It Girl”, the Tucker Martine produced track (First Aid Kit, The Decemberists) details Zaragoza’s personal struggles with love and acceptance as a multicultural brown woman due to society’s western expectations of women. The funk fueled indie rock tune is her outcry for diverse representation in the media.
Zaragoza confides “Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was the it girl. I thought that meant I needed to be a pretty blonde princess Barbie who met her Prince Charming and rode off into the sunset. This fantasy left me with immense inner turmoil and self-hatred. In high school, I would even lighten my skin with lemon juice, dye my hair lighter, and wear blue contacts. I truly thought that in order to be beautiful, you had to be white. The It Girl is my outcry for diverse representation in media, a plea to throw out the old rule book of western expectations of women. I am proud to be a multicultural brown woman with insecurities and a vibrant intersectional identity that I continue to grapple with.”