Do you fit a stereotype?

ster-e-o-type: A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.

Behind the assumptions and the judgements, were all different and we all have stories about what shaped us.

reTyped is a collection of stories. Stories of regular people and not so regular people. College graduates and high school dropouts. Your neighbor. Your cousin. A stranger.

Explore these profiles and join the movement to rethink the stereotypes that, for many people, define us.

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Girl Scouts reTyped: Laila D.

Laila D., 13 Maryland “People assume that I am anorexic because I’m bony and you see my rib cage and bones in my body. I feel disrespected because I’m not and I always eat, but I don’t eat a lot. They don’t know that I’m an athlete, so of course I’m going to be skinny.   In December, reTyped joined… Read more →

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Girl Scouts reTyped: Kanaya M.

Kanaya M., 13 Washington, D.C. Most hated stereotype: Because I’m Black with a messed up background many assume I won’t succeed. “When I was in foster care, everyone thought I would turn into the kids that always go to jail, but I didn’t. I stayed in school and got good grades.”   In December, reTyped joined the Girl Scout Council… Read more →

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Girl Scouts reTyped: Justyce M.

Justyce M., 13 Washington, D.C. Most hated stereotype: “She is ghetto.” You can’t miss Justyce when she enters a room. Her personality, her natural coils, her smile. “They portray me as ghetto when I’m really just outspoken and don’t like disrespect and feel the need to defend myself.” Though Justyce doesn’t like being judged, she admits that she has stereotyped… Read more →

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Girl Scouts reTyped: Khalia H.

Khalia H., 14 Washington, DC “It bothers me when people assume that I can’t speak proper English, that I can’t be professional or that I’m not smart enough to get good grades. I feel angry, but then try my hardest to prove them wrong. I broke stereotypes by being one of the top students in my grade and being able… Read more →

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Girl Scouts retyped: Kyaa M.

Kyya M., 11 Washington, D.C. Quiet and shy, Kyya doesn’t like the bullying and judgement that comes along with stereotypes. “I feel upset, judged, and different,” she said. She tries to remember this when she finds herself stereotyping others. “One time I called a girl ugly because I didn’t like what she was wearing. The next day I felt like… Read more →

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