Uplift Her featuring Kristina Ramos

Women’s Month is a celebration of what women have achieved, a conversation around what is happening right now, and the chance to consider how things can change in the future. This Women’s Month at Digicape, we want to celebrate and uplift our local (s)heroes by giving South African leading ladies the platform to share their stories. A woman with vision today inspires a girl with a dream tomorrow.

Meet Kristina Ramos

Kristina Ramos is a rising star in the Graphic Design industry and the mind behind goodsoup studio. She is a young talented designer and an advanced photo and video editor, in the forefront of equipping rising content creators with fresh and creative content for their websites and various social media channels. This month, Kristina reveals her story as a creative and her experiences as a young woman in the burgeoning creative industry of South Africa.

What does Women's Month mean to you? 
Women's month serves as an important reminder for me to acknowledge and be thankful for the opportunities that women throughout history have created for me and so many others. It is a month-long celebration that inspires me to emulate the women who laid the framework for us to succeed, be treated equitably and be recognised in society.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work.
I am Kristina Ramos, a small town girl with a deep passion about the integration of people and the creativity to find sustainable ways to communicate visually. I am currently a creative designer, but I have also found success in photography, videography, editing and animation/digital graphics. My goal as a creative, in this lifetime, is to ensure that every project I work on, is one that creates meaningful experiences.

What is your proudest achievement?
This question is often difficult for me to fully answer, as I believe it is ever-changing. At this current moment, my greatest achievement has to be completing my Bachelor's Degree with distinction in a field that I am extremely passionate about.

What did you have to overcome, to be the woman you are today?
As a young girl, I would often shy away from speaking on my accomplishments and suffering from intense feelings of self-doubt. One of my biggest challenges was the inability to internalise my accomplishments. Putting myself in uncomfortable and new but supportive environments taught me how to appreciate myself and the things I have been able to achieve over the years. This made significant impact over my life and has left me with so much respect for myself and my craft.

What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and work?
It is easy to acknowledge that society has made some progress on gender equality, but I still believe we do have a long way to go to ensure it progresses further. Despite this meaningful progress, I find that important gender gaps remain.

Why do you think diversity in the workplace/your field is so important?
To me, diversity in a workplace is an asset that brings awareness to our existing differences by acknowledging our individual strengths and potential. And the more aware we are of other people’s experiences and differences in a work place, the more we can work together to create a genuinely inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.

What is the most important message you want to send out to young women, reading this?
You are your own person and your single biggest weapon and obstacle, is your own mind. Which leads me to my most important life lesson: Always speak/think kindly to and about yourself <3

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