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Patia

Patia

Age - 28
New York, United States
@patiasfantasyworld
The powerhouse behind the meme account fighting racial injustice and police violence

During the vital Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, an irreverent, darkly funny meme account titled @patiasfantasyworld stepped in to help the internet fight racial injustice and police violence. 

Generally known for “holding a funhouse mirror up to race, class, sex and gender” via Facebook-mum-style text posts and deep fried memes, as 2020 progressed the account made the shift toward more direct activism in the form of an online database, The Fantasy World Master List of Resources On How to Dismantle Systemic Racism.

Assembled by the account’s eponymous co-founder, Patia Borja, the database provides an exhaustive collection of free Black literature, podcasts, and documentaries. It also includes lists of bail funds for protesters, and guides on everything from defunding the police to racism in the fashion industry.

Though @patiasfantasyworld has stayed close to its roots since blowing up in 2020, Borja has increasingly spread her message outside of the meme account as well, linking up with Marc Jacobs to discuss allyship and fashion industry representation last June, and contributing to projects such as FOLX Health’s LGBTQ+ hotline

Borja has also featured in numerous campaigns as of late, for labels including SKIMS and Supreme, and made a runway appearance too alongside the likes of Hunter Schafer and Bella Hadid at Mugler SS21.

Text Thom Waite

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