Mariana Atencio, an NBC/MSNBC correspondent, claimed in her new guide that an unnamed feminine supervisor informed her to not gown “too Latina” for the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2017. Instead, the supervisor stated, she ought to seem extra like Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser.
In Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real, Atencio writes in regards to the encounter when she was chosen to be a part of the community’s presence on the annual White House gathering.
She wrote how thrilled she was to “represent our people, proud of having a seat at the table, literally and figuratively.” In an effort to honor her heritage, she deliberate on sporting one thing prominently that includes the colours yellow, blue and red, the colours featured on many South American nations’ flags. Just earlier than she was about to depart, she acquired the decision from a supervisor at NBC.
“‘Mariana, I just wanted to make sure you’re prepared for such a prestigious gathering,'” the supervisor stated, based on Atencio’s guide. She stated the supervisor then requested her what she deliberate on sporting, after which suggests, “‘Please don’t look too Latina.'” Offended and outraged, Atencio stated she requested the supervisor to clarify what she meant. “‘Why don’t you go to Saks Fifth Avenue and have someone help you out… Have them pick out something demure. Not too colorful or tight. Think Ivanka Trump, okay?'”
“This person was making me feel smaller and smaller with each word,” Atencio writes about how the encounter made her really feel. “Can you imagine someone in your field asking you to please not look so African American? Or Asian? Or white? Don’t look so Muslim or Christian? How do you change who you are?”
Atencio spoke of the incident in an interview with Daniela Pierre-Bravo for the NBC News collection Know Your Value.
“I wanted to tell the anecdote [in the book] not to harp on the negative, but to remind readers that these things still happen and that we have to call them out and have conversations as adults about how we can get past them.”
Atencio immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 2008. She initially struggled to seek out work as a journalist, however ultimately discovered success at Univision and Fusion earlier than becoming a member of NBC in 2016.
“The message of my book is that you, too (readers) can make it. By sharing my journey, I hope to inspire (others) on their journey,” Atencio informed NBC News.
Atencio lined Latino voters for NBC through the 2016 election and was one of many community’s lead reporters masking the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.