Vanessa "Oma" Nzeh, MD, Internal Medicine — Pediatrics
"I decided to share my photo with the #MedBikini hashtag because six years ago as a medical student, I wouldn't have," said Dr. Nzeh. "As a Black woman, I have since realized that remarks on 'professionalism' and 'unprofessional behavior' specifically target bodies that look like mine." She now sees the need to be visible and "protest with my presence," especially for people like her who aren't able to do so. "The world needs to see and stop shaming Black and curvy bodies."
Dr. Nzeh's hope is that this movement "offers a small insight into what it feels like to be judged for simply existing," and sparks more conversations and lasting change. "I want people to recognize the tidal wave of power created when you rally together. This is what the #Blacklivesmatter movement is about as well," she added. "Uniting to create waves that crash into the social constructs specifically designed to marginalize an entire group of people. We are just hitting our stride."