The brilliant SASHA SARAGO is a much respected name in diversity discussion circles… she is the Founder/Editor of Ascension Magazine, Australia’s ONLY magazine for indigenous and multicultural women. She also writes for various publications including The Guardian about the need for diversity recognition and inclusion.
Ex-model and presenter Sasha is a poster woman of hue-manity, the blood of Aboriginal, African-American, Malay, Mauritian and Spanish ancestry in her, fuelling her to be a juggernaut of change, breaking down barriers in a world that fights over borders and walls.
While the shelves of newsagencies groan with yet another tabloid dedicated to gossip and mind numbing glossies with their sheltered concepts about life, style, women, society and what we are supposed to be, these are all still geared towards a certain demographic. It is not a secret that Australian media does not mirror its multicultural population.
Sasha started Ascension in 2014 to provide that mirror, to BE that mirror. It’s not an easy path that Sasha and others in her position face. Women always have to provide proof before the proverbial pudding and a WoC has to prove WHY that pudding is needed in the first place. The souls of women of colour need to be fed, their stories heard and read.
-Sasha Sarago 2015
1. Is what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up?
Yes! I can remember two moments in my life when writing and publishing made sense to me. The first was in grade two; I published my first book about dinosaurs for a class project. The second was in high school I published my first teen magazine. It was such an exhilarating feeling flipping through both publications. In addition to my love of writing, I also wanted to be a black supermodel. I didn’t quite get there, but Ascension magazine is my playground where I can pay homage to models of colour.
2. Time travel: when, where and why?
Egypt B.C. When I meditate I seem to always find myself in Egypt. Every time I visit I am either a queen or alchemist. I feel I have so much to do and learn from that period.
3. What are you most grateful for?
My creativity. It keeps me sane, gives me faith, liberates my spirit; it makes me see the world with more love and light because of its existence.
4. What are your best traits?
My ability to analyse any situation thoroughly and always find a solution. I also love that I am a rebellious innovator; challenging the status quo with my ideas.
5. What colour would you use to describe yourself?
Turquoise. To me, the colour contains a balance of boldness and calm which pretty much expresses my dual nature.
6. Do you read? If so, 3 favourites and why.
Women who run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes: Every woman should read this book. It’s a collection of stories, myths and commentaries empowering women to tap into the raw, wild and intuitive power we all possess. I wish I read this book when I was in high school.
The Road Less Travelled by Dr M. Scott Peck: This a life manual to be left on the bookshelf and whipped out when necessary. I was referred to this book the first time I entered therapy. It has eased my soul and applied dressing to my wounds when I most needed it.
Cocoa Butter: When it’s time to relax after consuming intense (woke) content all day I turn to this site. It’s is a mixture of black humour, ratchet, current affairs, think pieces and pop culture. It keeps me connected to my African-American culture.
7. What’s the first place you go online? Your 3 best sites?
New Matilda and Cocoa Butter.
8. How do you deal with stress?
I work out in the gym. Listen to my podcast playlist. Read and watch inspiring content and ratchet mindless material to entertain me.
9. What is the craziest thing you have ever done (so far)?
I went paragliding in Vietnam hungover.
10. What’s your idea of a perfect holiday?
An exotic location where I can meet new people and then escape to a secluded spot and get lost in its treasures.
11. Would you rather fly the plane or be flown?
Flown. I’d rather relax and let my mind fly me to another place to until I reach my destination. I control every aspect of my life, so I need some time off from the responsibility of it all.
12. Do you have tattoos? Do they mean anything?
Yes, I have two tattoos. My first tattoo is on my left ankle. It has the word Freedom written in script and the Libran scales. I designed this tattoo because I strive to attain freedom in almost every area of my life. The Libran scales represents my constant need to achieve balance in everything I do.
My second tattoo is ‘I Love You’ written in my handwriting on the inside of my right wrist. It’s a constant reminder to practise self-love. I got this tattoo after severing a few volatile relationships (friendship and romantic). It’s a message I felt I needed to have with me until I leave this earth.
13. What’s your biggest indulgence?
Connoisseur Chocolate Brownie Flatbush Ice Cream.
14. If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
15. What is fashion to you?
The freedom to express yourself. The power to educate and inspire. A personal sanctuary to feel any way you desire.
16. Do you have a signature outfit?
Jeans, white tee and sneakers.
17. What do you believe in?
18. What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for inspiring others to emancipate themselves from that which no longer serves them and to live the life of their dreams.
19. What’s the one thing that people misunderstand about you?!
I’m an introvert. Therefore, I’m a shy and a deep thinker. Because of this I often get labelled as snobby or troubled. People don’t realise I’m either weighing up who you are before I interact or approach you and analysing things before I engage.
20. What do you wish someone would ask you?
What keeps you up at night?