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Living in London vs Living Outside of London

For those who don't know, I spent my childhood years in London. I was born in South London (Camberwell) and grew up in East London (Beckton). Growing up in the capital, I've always seen London as a busy and multicultural city. You are more open and accepting of different people’s cultures. It's a city that never sleeps, especially in central London. My favourite time of year is during Christmas when they have their Christmas lights on. Central London was where I found my love for fashion. I spent most of my weekends and evenings after school gallivanting around Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Regent Street and Knightsbridge infusing in all the luxury brand stores wishing I could afford their items.

When I was 16, my parents decided to move us to Southend and I hated it. I was halfway through Year 11 and I didn't want to be far away from my friends. The cultural difference was very much real. Coming from a multicultural city to a place where is predominantly white was challenging. They made it KNOWN that we are not the same. I came from a school that was culturally mixed to being the only black girl throughout my 3 years in college. I never felt so out of place and uncomfortable in my life. For that time frame, I resented my parents and had so many questions, which, to my understanding, needed valid answers. “Why did you take me away from what I know? Why did we have move halfway through year 11 when you knew that that is an important year for me? Why Southend out of all places?”


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