New documentary explores the legacy of Vietnamese women in the nail industry

Nails that have spelled out Nailed It

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This looks so cool: a documentary on the legacy of Vietnamese women workers, as well as Black women’s influence, on the nail salon industry.

I’m really excited about a film exploring the legacy of women of color on the nail industry, especially as it seems white folks have recently Columbused nail art. I’m also really interested in the film’s exploration of health issues for nail salon workers — a huge yet not often discussed issue in immigrant women’s health and worker safety. The filmmakers are trying to raise funds to complete the documentary (yet another cause so much better than potato salad), so hit them up with a donation if you can.

To learn more in the meantime, check out the Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance.

1bfea3e7449eff65a94e2e55a8b7acda-bpfullVerónica is an immigrant writer, activist, and artist living and loving in NYC.

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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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