Artist Spotlight: Monique Le

Monique Le is a Vietnamese American college student, artist, and social media enthusiast. Recently, Monique worked with Equality for HER to create 26 portraits of amazing people from the past and present for the upcoming March series: Femme and Women’s History Month.

Le was born on November 12, 1997, in Fairfax, Virginia, to two Vietnamese immigrant parents.  She graduated with the class of 2016 from Freedom High School and is currently attending her first year at George Mason University as a biology major.  Art has been a significant part of Monique’s life for as long as she can remember. She is meticulous with each project she works on and her art demonstrates an unconventional, bright, colorful, and often comedic flare.

In high school, Le was in National Honor Society, Art Honor Society, and Red Cross Club.  Her art has been featured around the country with one graphite art piece being awarded the silver key award for Scholastic Art Awards.

Le’s commitment to advocacy allows her to bring a social justice lens to all projects on which she works. Le joined a coalition comprised of Freedom High School junior and senior class officers that created a charity prom hosted by the high school. The prom quickly became a hot topic in the media, as high school students were going to donate all the profits made from prom tickets and fundraising to pediatric cancer research and non-profit organizations that support families and their children who are fighting cancer.  The momentum from the charity prom coupled with its popularity inspired other high schools to do the same. The group was able to donate $45,000 from the charity prom to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee.

For the past four years, Le has been a dental assistant for Hope For Tomorrow, a nonprofit health organization with the sole purpose of providing health and more predominantly, dental care, to not just underprivileged communities in the US, but also in the more rural areas of Viet Nam where healthcare is less accessible.  This work is her inspiration for ambition of a career in the dental field.