Shirley Temple likes what I’m doing!

Growing up I would watch Shirley Temple movies every weekend–Curly Top, Heidi, Dimples, Stowaway, Poor Little Rich Girl, The Little Colonel, Bright Eyes, etc.–and she was a big hero of mine.
(This is of course despite the fact that she was a little white girl with curly blond hair and now that I watch her films there are plenty of cringeworthy moments.) Anyways, I made this poster for myself in high school to put on my bedroom wall to cheer me on 🙂 All I did was print out a black and white photo of Shirley and then cut out a word bubble saying “I really like what you’re doing! Keep up the good work.” Who are your childhood heroes?

If you never watched any Shirley Temple movies, here are some of my favorite clips:

Shirley Temple


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at

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