Dolene Simmalavong

Laotian American   |   Age 19   |   San Francisco, CA

Thank you LANA, ILNYF, and the Lao community for giving me amazing opportunities and encouragement this year. Also, I’d like to show my appreciation to my close friends and family for the continuous love, inspiration and support.

Academic and Work History: San Francisco State (BS, Apparel Design and Merchandising ‘12)

Platform: Advocating awareness about the issue of Discrimination. My platform is important to the Asian American community because the Asian American community still faces discrimination today.

Role Model: Audrey Kawasaki, an imaginative Asian American artist illuminates ironic concepts of a woman’s natural beauty and innocence.  Audrey inspires me as a creative soul to stay true to your own vision no matter how different it may be.

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