May encapsulates a host of important celebrations from Mental Health Awareness Month to Memorial Day, and one we’re most excited to honor is Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Without the ingenuity, creativity, and love for simplicity of a pair of Asian-American marriedpreneurs (shout out to Brandy and Andy!), PLANOLY wouldn’t exist today, and we’re honored to continue fostering a platform where diverse creators are seen, empowered, and amplified.
In keeping that energy alive and nourished, the PLANOLY team is shining a light on a few of our favorite AAPI content creators everyone should be following on social media. Check them out and as the old saying goes, be sure to like, comment, follow, and subscribe!
Alice Gao, Photographer | Instagram @alicegao
Nabela Noor, Creator | Instagram @nabela
Asia Phua, Digital Marketing Content Editor
Jezz Chung, Writer & Creator | Instagram @jezzchung
Carrie Boswell, Editorial Coordinator
Chloe Nicholle, Law Student & Creator | Instagram @lawandskincare
Aurora Sanchez, SEO Specialist
Maria Qamar, Artist | Instagram @hatecopyWith drama, truth, and sass at the center of everything she creates, Maria is hard not to take immediate notice. For Desis (an umbrella term for South-Asians worldwide), she’s the patron saint of overdue rebellion – particularly for young women. Maria is most known for drawing punchy comics that illustrate her experience as both Canadian and South Asian. Her illustrations resonate for their sharp-witted takes on the realities first-generation Desis face growing up Brown in North America. Her artwork’s been featured in The Mindy Project, restaurants, hotels, art galleries, and publications. She’s kind of a big deal – head to her ‘gram or buy her book to understand the plight of being Desi in America.
Tareen Alam, Senior Manager, Content and Channels
Wendy, DIY Fashion Designer | Instagram @withwendyWendy makes creating DIY fashion so approachable. I love love LOVE her YouTube channel, and will sometimes have it playing in the background while I work, in hopes of becoming better at making clothes through osmosis. Really though, it takes a lot of hard work and creativity, which is shown through the content and fashion Wendy creates. One of these days, I’m going to actually sew some garments, and I’ll have Wendy to thank.
Carra Sykes, Design Manager