If you ask Paola Mathé, Instagram isn’t just for shameless selfies and pics of delicious foods — it’s a great way to change negative perceptions of a country, too.
With over 8,600 followers, Mathé’s Instagram account is filled with images of pristine beaches, colorful street art and swaying palm trees set against blue skies — photos some wouldn’t associate with Haiti, the country Mathé grew up in and frequently visits.
Mathé, who owns Fanm Djanm, a headwrap line, is among a number of young entrepreneurs and activists utilizing the power of social media to change how the world sees Haiti, Fusion reported. On Tuesday, HuffPost Live spoke with Mathé about her efforts to shine a light on a side of the Caribbean nation many Americans rarely see.
“I have the opportunity and the voice to show what Haiti is also about,” Mathé said. “It’s not just about extreme poverty, which we’re also trying to fight and help — but at the same time, it’s a beautiful place.”
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